Governor Terry McAuliffe joined forces with governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast states on Monday to urge Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to finalize rules allowing expanded offshore oil and gas drilling.
Secretary Jewell and senior Interior Department officials met with Gov. McAuliffe, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R), Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to discuss the expansion of offshore drilling.
The intention of the offshore drilling is to draw new industry while creating millions of dollars in tax revenue to states that did not benefit from the U.S. energy boom. According to The Washington Post, the department is expected to release an environmental impact statement within days that would allow energy companies to begin surveying the outer continental shelf for natural resources.
Once the department issues a statement on the drilling, seismic surveys for oil and gas deposits could begin within the following months.