The U.S. Interior Department is indefinitely suspending the remaining public hearings on the proposed sale of oil and gas leases off Virginia. The Department's Minerals Management Service says it is postponing the public comment period while it focuses on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Maureen Matsen, energy adviser to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, says she's hopeful the delay will not mean pushing back the expected 2012 gas and oil sale. She talks with WAMU's Rebecca Blatt about why she expects to move forward despite concerns about the Gulf spill.