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Obama administration proposes offshore Atlantic drilling

Obama administration proposes offshore Atlantic drilling

The Obama administration proposes to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic coast for the first time in over 30 years, drawing fire from environmentalists and many East Coast lawmakers about the potential for spills that could harm the Chesapeake Bay and resorts like Ocean City. Federal officials hope to issue an offshore lease from Virginia south to Georgia as part of a plan offering more leases in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska, the administration said Tuesday. The government will gather further information to refine the plan and issue the Atlantic lease in six years. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said it is was part of a "balanced proposal" to exploit the...

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