Chesapeake, VA -
City and County leaders from the 17 jurisdictions that comprise the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), will discuss taking a regional position opposing off-shore drilling and excluding the waters off Virginia's coast from exploration during its next meeting, 12:30pm, Thursday, February 15, 2018 in the Regional Board Room at 723 Woodlake Drive in Chesapeake, Virginia. A brief summary of the agenda topic follows:
At its February 7 meeting, the Chief Administrative Officers (CAO) Committee recommended that the HRPDC take a regional position in opposition of off-shore drilling near the Virginia coast. HRPDC members are asked to share information on any positions their localities have taken related to the off-shore drilling issue and consider action in opposition to this proposal. The specific action should request that the waters off the coast of Virginia be excluded from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's next iteration of the Five Year Oil and Gas Leasing Program. Background information including correspondence from the Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance and representatives from the Hampton Roads Federal Delegation regarding this issue are included in the meeting agenda.
About the HRPDC:
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), one of 21 Planning District Commissions in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a regional organization representing this area's seventeen local governments. The HRPDC represents over 1.7 million people in the localities of Hampton Roads, Virginia, including the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, the town of Smithfield, and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry, and York.