On Monday, April 9, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will hold a roundtable conversation with local business and community leaders on the Eastern Shore to discuss the Trump Administration’s proposal to open up Virginia’s waters to offshore oil and gas drilling and the threat it would pose to the environment, tourism, and Naval and NASA operations in the region. Kaine has voiced concern to the Department of the Interior that local residents on the Eastern Shore and in Hampton Roads, who would be directly impacted by this decision, were not given the opportunity to voice their concerns at public meetings close to their communities. Kaine plans to take the local leaders’ views back to Washington and make sure they are heard.
In January, Kaine met with local leaders in Virginia Beach including Mayor Will Sessoms, hotel and restaurant industry leaders, military advocates, and regional conservation leaders such as the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center to listen to their concerns. Following a decision from the Trump Administration to exclude Florida from its offshore drilling plan, Kaine has called on the Administration to also exempt Virginia from the proposal, citing the concerns of local residents and community leaders.
Part of Kaine’s roundtable discussions will take place here on the Eastern Shore. Kaine will be at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) Eastern Shore Lab, at 39 Atlantic Ave. in Wachapreague, at 10:30 AM to hear from the Eastern Shore’s constituents.