The Eastern Shore Defense Alliance, a group of business and civic leaders from Virginia and Maryland who lobby on behalf of Wallops Flight Facility have serious concerns about the 2.9 million acre proposed drilling area off the coast of Virginia that falls within naval training grounds and the rocket launch range of NASA’s Wallops Island.

“It’s just not a prudent idea,” to drill, said Steve Habeger, president of the alliance. “How does an oil platform accommodate tons of flaming debris falling on it?”

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