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Maryland leaders cheer Obama administration's reversal on Atlantic oil drilling

Maryland leaders cheer Obama administration's reversal on Atlantic oil drilling

The Obama administration has pulled back its proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast, relieving Maryland politicians and environmental advocates who had lobbied against it but frustrating energy companies and leaders in Virginia and other states who had visions of a coastal economic boom.

Just over a year ago, the administration had proposed the leasing of tracts at least 50 miles offshore from Virginia to Georgia to oil and gas companies for drilling starting in 2021 or later. On Tuesday, the administration reversed course after hearing from thousands of people in coastal communities from Florida to New England who said now is not the time to launch...

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