NASA an obstacle to Va. offshore drilling?
Gov. Bob McDonnell's push to drill for gas and oil off Virginia's coast faces two formidable obstacles: the Navy and NASA.
Naval Station Norfolk and the space agency's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore have activities throughout the vast leasing area 50 miles off Virginia's 132-mile Atlantic coast.
The question is: Can busy skies and seas coexist with offshore oil and gas drilling?
U.S Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he is aware of those existing Atlantic activities that could be limited by oil exploration platforms and the sea traffic to service them.
He told The Associated Press those issues will be reviewed.
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