May 19, 2011

Offshore drilling slows down

Whoopee! The cries to "Drill, baby, drill" have been stifled a good bit by the U.S. Senate. They voted yesterday to neither allow more coastal oil and gas exploration nor speed up issuing drilling permits to oil companies.

The amount of recoverable oil and gas was a drop in our energy bucket. An offshore area the size of Delaware, about 50 miles away from the Chesapeake, was expected to provide merely 6.5 days of oil and 18 days worth of natural gas for the U.S. Does that put things into perspective for you?

There's no rush to jump into this possibly dangerous drilling offshore Virginia shorelines. Meanwhile, turn off lights and adjust your thermostat a few degrees.