Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 8, 2010
Titled "Energy in Virginia: An Easy Decision for Obama," the op-ed is authored jointly by Brett Vassey, president and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association, and Mike Ward, executive director of the Virginia Petroleum Council.
As they explain, Virginia has reached agreement on now to use revenues that could be generated by offshore development. Now the state is waiting for approval from the administration.
Brett and Mike say opening federal waters for oil and natural gas development 50 miles off Virginia's coast could bring new jobs and revenues to a state that is experiencing a sharp decline in state and federal transportation funding. A new agreement forged recently by state lawmakers would devote 80 percent of future offshore royalties and revenues to Virginia's Transportation Trust Fund and to communities within the state for transportation improvements.
Furthermore, they point out that a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study found offshore development could create 1,900 new jobs, over and above the 143,000 jobs already supported by the oil and natural gas industry in Virginia. As Brett and Mike put it:
"If the president wants to create jobs and strengthen the nation's economy, the decision to develop America's energy resources off the Virginia coast and elsewhere should be an easy one...The well-being of our commonwealth depends upon it."
For more information, read the full text of Brett Vassey's and Mike Ward's op-ed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.