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Cardin, others push Obama to end pursuit of oil here

Cardin, others push Obama to end pursuit of oil here

Several U.S. senators lead by Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin sent a letter to President Obama over the weekend urging him to reverse his decsion to allow drilling for oil and gas off the East Coast. They cited the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The letter was also signed by fellow Maryland Democrat Sen. Barbara Mikulski and other Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Bill Nelson of Florida.

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"The tragic accident last week involving the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico makes it abundantly clear that the costs and benefits of offshore drilling need to be reassessed," the letter said. "Deepwater Horizon, which cost $600 million, is considered the most technologically advanced offshore oil rig in the world. … That is why we are so concerned about the possibility of a catastrophic accident off our shores."

Obama has already backpeddled a bit on more oil drilling. He said this weekend, "I continue to believe that domestic oil production is an important part of our overall strategy for energy security, but I've always said it must be done responsibly, for the safety of our workers and our environment."

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But the senators want an iron clad agreement that the Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic and Straits of Florida Planning Areas will be removed from consideration for oil and gas exploration and development.

See the full text of the letter.

What do you think about drilling off the East Coast, including not too far off of Ocean City? We need the oil or is it not worth the potential damage?

Los Angeles Times/MCT photo of the the coast of Louisiana where workers have placed booms to try and control the spilled oil

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