McAuliffe joins coastal governors pushing Interior Department for offshore drilling exploration

posted at 7:31 pm on February 24, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration has been decidedly stingy in their permitting allowances for offshore oil-and-gas drilling; in 2012, they released a five-year drilling plan that only allowed for drilling in the Gulf and some limited drilling in the Arctic pending environmental review, and they’ve been pretty hostile to the overtures from lawmakers and companies proposing that they allow for some deviation from that plan. Mid-Atlantic and Southern governors particularly have been trying to convince the Interior Department that it’s in the country’s best interest to reevaluate, especially in the face of the many and obvious economic benefits coming from the shale boom in states like Texas and North Dakota, and it sounds like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is ready to tie his energy-wagon to that group, via WaPo:

Governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states, including Virginia’s Terry McAuliffe (D), urged Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Monday to finalize rules that will eventually allow dramatically expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, bringing new industry — and millions in new tax revenue — to some states that have been shut out of the U.S. energy boom.

Jewell and senior Interior Department officials met with McAuliffe, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R), Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on Monday. The Interior Department is expected to release a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement within days that would allow oil and gas companies to begin surveying the outer continental shelf for natural resources.

Once the PEIS is issued, seismic surveys for oil and gas deposits could begin within a matter of months. …

McCrory heads the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, a group of mostly Republican governors pushing to expand offshore oil drilling. McAuliffe told The Washington Post he would join the coalition — the first Democrat to do so — as he sped out of the meeting  Monday.

It would be tough for McAuliffe not to join in, and he said he would support offshore drilling back when he was still campaigning — Virginia and other eastern seaboard states have way too much to gain to pass up the opportunity to lobby the Obama administration to get their collective rear in gear — and thankfully, it finally sounds like the Obama administration is feeling a little more amenable to the prospect of at least sizing up what’s out there.


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Can we use his ugly mug for the drill bit? Can’t stand the Clintonian levels of sleaze on the guy…

xNavigator on February 24, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Stop it Terry, you’re sending a tingle up my leg!

Rovin on February 24, 2014 at 7:56 PM

In this respect, McAuliffe has to be more responsible than the President. VA can’t print money and anything that brings tax money into the state makes life easier for the Governor.

Plus, even with elements of NoVa probably radically opposed to off shore drilling, the rest of the state will be on board. Really tough to pass up the potential of this cash cow.

That said, California has never passed up an opportunity to pass up a business opportunity, so it is not a forgone conclusion that states have to be more realistic than the Fed.

Nor have states like CA, IL, NJ or NY passed up the chance to cook the books and spend more than they have in revenue.

Fortunately for VA and despite the best wishes of many in NoVa, that’s not the way VA rolls. Yet.

Grinch on February 24, 2014 at 8:04 PM

McAuliffe probably figures there could be a way he could steal a few million from the project.

Ask the investors at Global Crossing.

Adjoran on February 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Just paying lip service. Nothing more.

wolly4321 on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Terry is going to be huge for Hillary in 2016 given the importance of Virginia.

Having Viriginia in the Democratic column makes it very difficult for the republican nominee to reach 270.

Terry can use executive orders to extend early voting and on election day extend hours to make sure every one gets a chance to vote and there are no Voter ID shenanigans to make it more difficult for blacks and other minorities to vote.

Same thing in Florida if Charlie Crist wins in November. Rick Scott is one of the most unpopular governors in the US.

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Gov. McAwful can smell a dollar even if it’s buried under a open pit outhouse at 300 yards.

S. D. on February 24, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I will admit this surprises me and I fully expected him to also find a way to work with epa to prevent it. but if this is on the up and up I’ll happily be proven wrong.

dmacleo on February 24, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Pretty sure Obama is the only reason his Hampton Roads voters knew there were elections in November 08 & 12.

crrr6 on February 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

They’ve got some amazing uranium deposits in VA. Get back to me when he pushes for that.

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

As aside, when you see your attorney general crusading for felons to vote and railing about how minorities are too hapless and incompetent to prove their identities at the polling station, do you ever make the connection between their guy getting elected twice and the overall decline of the country? That’s a rhetorical question.

crrr6 on February 24, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

True.

So if might is right, what’s just plain being right?

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

This is just yet another proxy battle in the Clinton vs. Obama war.

I’m torn as to if I should pop popcorn or not.

Myron Falwell on February 24, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Rick Scott is one of the most unpopular governors in the US.

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Kasich has managed to anger both socialists and conservatives. The SB5 debacle did him in, but his embrace of Obamacare proved the parting shot.

Myron Falwell on February 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM

it finally sounds like the Obama administration is feeling a little more amenable to the prospect of at least sizing up what’s out there.

Yeah, until the environmentalists come knocking at his door. Let’s see how many ‘studies’ and years this will take.

GarandFan on February 24, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Hillary’s Underpants on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

You’re funny. This is a thread about oil exploration and you want to puke your OT lameness.

22044 on February 24, 2014 at 9:11 PM

As a VA resident, I’ll take all the happy accidents I can get until 2018.

22044 on February 24, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

As aside, when you see your attorney general crusading for felons to vote and railing about how minorities are too hapless and incompetent to prove their identities at the polling station, do you ever make the connection between their guy getting elected twice and the overall decline of the country? That’s a rhetorical question.

crrr6 on February 24, 2014 at 8:23 PM

One thing’s for sure. This bigoted leftist sure does have a very low view of black people, given that he assumes they are, as you say, hapless and incompetent. He apparently automatically assumes they’d have a problem following the law. It’s the soft bigotry of low expectations, only it’s not so soft anymore.

CurtZHP on February 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Might_Is_Right on February 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM

True.

So if might is right, what’s just plain being right?

WryTrvllr on February 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

There is no just plain being right. According to this leftist, being right is whatever the guy slamming you against the wall and loading you on a train says it is.

CurtZHP on February 24, 2014 at 9:49 PM

…Terry is looking for kick-backs!

KOOLAID2 on February 24, 2014 at 10:42 PM

… and thankfully, it finally sounds like the Obama administration is feeling a little more amenable to the prospect of at least sizing up what’s out there.

Right. How long has the president been sizing up Keystone XL ??

majorzot on February 24, 2014 at 11:23 PM

Carpetbagger.

Galtian on February 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

So, Obama’s policies have brought about some bipartisanship.

socalcon on February 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM