We are eagerly anticipating news, expected later today, on the proposed federal offshore drilling plan. Initial reports from the New York Times claim the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will not include the Atlantic in the areas available for federal leasing. Senior Attorney Sierra Weaver, who leads SELC's drilling team, responded to the early coverage.
"If these reports are correct that the Obama administration plans to end consideration of drilling off the Atlantic coast, this is an incredible day. It would reflect the hard work of thousands of people and a collection of communities and elected leaders from both parties who stood up to protect the Southeast's beautiful beaches. We eagerly await an official announcement."