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House Passes Bill to Reopen Virginia Coastal Water to Drilling

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell strongly supports offshore drilling as does representative Rob Wittman from Virginia's first District. He says no source should be overlooked from nuclear to wind to fossil fuel.

"We have to be developing all of those if we're going to make sure we have a reliable and sustainable future of energy here," McDonnell says.

He says lessons have been learned from the BP disaster. Roy Hoagland with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is among many environmentalists who say the impact on energy supply is negligible compared to the risks.

"Drilling on Virginia's coastline near the Chesapeake Bay is 900's thinking in a 21st century. The Bay has started a long journey of recovery and this is placing additional risk. There's simply some places where drilling should not occur and this is one of them."

The bill passed the House by a vote of 266 to 149.

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