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Virginia Introduces Offshore Energy Bills

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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia’s U.S. senators have introduced a bill to allow offshore energy leases off the coast of Virginia.

Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine introduced The Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2013 on Wednesday.

Warner has introduced similar legislation the past two years. Sales of leases off the Virginia coast were scheduled to begin in 2011 but were delayed until 2017 after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The Sierra Club of Virginia opposes the legislation. In a statement, the club offshore drilling would risk more than 100,000 jobs in industries that depend on a healthy ocean and Chesapeake Bay and clean beaches.

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