05/28/2010 - President Obama's announcement Thursday to cancel the proposed lease sale off Virginia's coast means that exploratory oil drilling will be put on hold for now. While it's still difficult to comprehend what the environmental and economic costs of the BP oil spill will be, the decision has many environmentalists cautiously optimistic.
Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic Program, says that no new oil leasing, exploration or production should take place until the president's independent commission completes its process and reforms are implemented.
"What we learned from the Gulf spill is accidents can happen, and so we have to do everything in our power to make sure that prevention is the number-one priority."
Read the full article, Groups Applaud Drilling Hold off VA Coast, on the Public News Service's Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.