Don Beyer Statement on White House Drilling Announcement

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Don Beyer

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would significantly expand leases for offshore drilling off all US coasts.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to radically expand offshore drilling to nearly all US waters is yet another giveaway to the oil and gas industry, made over the objections of coastal communities, military leaders, and environmental organizations,” said Rep. Beyer. “Local, state, and federal leaders from both parties have been vocal in their opposition to this move. When taken with last week’s decision to reverse safety and enforcement rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, Trump is exposing our nation’s coastal communities and environment to unacceptably high risks.”

Rep. Beyer has been a fierce critic on the House Committee on Natural Resources of Trump’s moves to expand drilling off America’s coastlines. He has led bipartisan opposition (here and here) to oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic Ocean, citing environmental consequences and opposition from coastal communities and military leaders.