Governor Carney and US Deputy Secretary host roundtable for offshore drilling
At the start of 2018, the Trump administration announced it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. coastal waters.
But Delaware is doing what they can to voice their concerns. Governor John Carney has been vocal about his opposition. On Thursday, he hosted a roundtable to discuss the matter in Rehoboth Beach.
The roundtable consisted of businesses and environmental leaders expressing their opposition to the U.S. Deputy Secretary.
"In Sussex county, you're talking about the biggest part of the economy is tourism, the beaches, and agriculture and we work hard every day to protect those industries. I can't think of a more critical issue than the opposition to offshore drilling to the future of the economy in Sussex County," Governor Carney says.
The possibility of a potential oil spill is just too big for this tiny state. On the environmental side, marine habitats and fisheries could be affected. Wetlands that make 70% of their coastline can also be hit hard.
But it's restaurants and businesses who aren't on board with offshore drilling as well. SoDel Concepts, serves over 50,000 visitors in a busy summer week. And if a spillage were to fall over, it could be a domino effect causing their business to sink.
SoDel President, Scott Kammerer says, "There's 19,000 jobs at coastal Delaware that's tourism related. There's $288 million spent in Sussex county on tourism dollars and food industry and I feel like that's a very fragile thing and a very dangerous situation to have that."
We're told despite the party affiliation at the roundtable, both parties can agree that offshore drilling could affect Delaware significantly.
Governor Carney says right now, the U.S. Department of Interior needs to know their opposition in order to continue pushing for this.