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Rigell Amendment Supporting Virginia Coastal Energy
Washington – Consistent with his efforts to create jobs for Virginia, diversify the Hampton Roads economy, and move America toward energy independence, today Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2) offered, and the House of Representatives passed, an amendment to develop Virginia’s vast coastal energy potential. Rigell’s amendment, and a second amendment offered with Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) to develop wind energy off Virginia’s coast, passed as part of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act of 2012, which now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Passes House, Heads to Senate
Legislation re-opens Lease Sale 220, moves forward wind permitting process
“These are job-creating amendments,” said Rigell. “Virginia’s coastal energy has the potential to bring more than 18,000 jobs to our region, and our efforts reflect the wisdom – and truly the will – of the good folks of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“We must move America toward that ‘all of the above’ energy strategy that President Obama spoke of in his State of the Union Address, and we must do it in an environmentally responsible way.”
Rigell’s amendment would reopen Lease Sale 220 off the coast of Virginia for oil and gas development, which the Obama administration shut down indefinitely. Industry studies report that this alone could create as many as 18,000 direct, indirect, and induced jobs by 2030.
Opening up Lease Sale 220 will also generate revenue for the government in the form of lease sale royalties, taxes, and an increased tax base. Lease royalties will also be directed to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The Wittman-Rigell amendment streamlines the process for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to issue permits for the development of offshore wind power.
Yesterday, Governor Bob McDonnell expressed strong support for Rigell’s efforts to open up Virginia’s coastal energy resources: “On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I urge support for Congressman Scott Rigell’s proposed amendment to H.R. 4480.
“Overwhelmingly, and on a bi-partisan basis, Virginia local, state and federal elected officials have supported the development of energy resources off of Virginia’s coast. … Americans need energy security. Virginians need jobs. Offshore development offers both.”