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Virginia is ground zero in offshore drilling debate


Bloomberg News (TNS)

WASHINGTON – From the shores of Savannah, Ga., to the Beaufort, N.C., beachfront, coastal communities in conservative Southern states have locked arms in opposition to oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic waters lapping their shores.

A different story is playing out in Virginia, where Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and both Democratic U.S. senators support nearby drilling, which they say could deliver jobs, new business and money to the state.

“Virginia is the battleground state,” said Athan Manuel, director of the lands protection program at the Sierra Club.

The Obama administration opened ...

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