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Is Offshore Drilling Coming to Virginia?

In late January, the Obama Administration decided that offshore oil and gas exploration may be in Virginia’s future:

The Obama administration's proposed five-year draft plan designating potential areas of the Outer Continental Shelf for future offshore oil and gas drilling includes a swath of the Atlantic stretching from Virginia to the Florida border…

State leaders such Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have long supported offshore drilling as part of a comprehensive domestic energy strategy. Polls show a majority of Virginians do, too

This is good news for the state’s economy. By 2035, when offshore drilling would be going strong, Virginia could see this energy development support 25,000 jobs and contribute $2.2 billion to the state’s economy.

Energy Citizens should welcome the Obama Administration’s decision, but we need to recognize this is just the first step in bringing offshore energy production to our state. Let’s work together to make sure we can benefit from the energy resources that exist off our coast.

You can start right now by sending your comment in support of increased access to offshore energy resources to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

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