Ninth District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher said Wednesday that he supported the federal government’s lifting of the ban and encourages state officials to pursue drilling off the Virginia coast.Beach-goers shouldn't have to be made aware of the fact that oil comes from underground. We need to locate the drilling rigs out where they're not frightening little kiddies.
But “it shouldn’t be along Virginia Beach,” one of the state’s major tourist destinations, he said.
Rather, any drilling should be an “appropriate distance” offshore and not able to be seen by beach-goers, said Boucher, D-Abingdon.
This from the man - a Democrat - who has allowed conditions here in Southwest Virginia to deteriorate to the point where the landscape is littered - from Pennington Gap to Pocahontas to Pounding Mill to Pulaski - with the crumbling and malodorous carcasses of once-thriving manufacturing facilities.
He's horrified by the thought of an oil drilling platform being within eyesight. Yet he's perfectly at peace with the rubble that piles up around him here at home.
May God have mercy.