MMS has confirmed remarks made by an MMS regional director last week at an industry-only offshore drilling workshop in Texas that the agency plans to wait until at least 2012 to issue any oil and gas drilling leases for the proposed Lease Area 220 offshore Virginia. The Bush Administration's five-year plan had called for the lease of 3 million acres approximately 50 miles offshore Virginia in November 2011. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has said that he will decide this summer whether the Bush Administration's plan will be implemented. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell wrote Salazar a letter in December 2009 urging MMS to move forward with the Virginia leasing plan. Lease Area 220 is thought to hold 130 million barrels of oil and 1.14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. In response to the MMS decision, an American Petroleum Institute spokeswoman commented that "this just demonstrates what remains a pattern with the Salazar Interior Department. Delay, delay, delay."