The U.S. House has passed legislation that would reopen offshore Virginia waters to gas and oil leases. Gov. Bob McDonnell is pushing for the oil and gas exploration in waters off Virginia. McDonnell says the rising price of gas underscores the need to explore all domestic energy options, including offshore drilling. It now goes to the Senate where it is less than favorable.
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on legislation that could open Virginia waters to offshore oil and gas exploration. The Republican-backed measures are intended to reverse the Obama administration’s decision to suspend plans to allow exploration for the first time in waters off the East Coast. The legislation is scheduled for a vote today in Washington. Gov. Bob McDonnell had pushed hard to open waters off Virginia to oil and gas exploration. It’s part of his vision to create an energy capital in Virginia. That planned exploration was put on hold after the Gulf oil disaster.