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In State of the Union, Obama talks up oil drilling, carefully

Rosalind Helderman

Could there be some bipartisan action coming on oil-drilling off Virginia's shore? It's one of Gov. Bob McDonnell's favorite topics--he often talks of his desire to see Virginia be the first state on the eastern seaboard to drill off its coast. The latest news from Washington has not been encouraging on the subject, suggesting there could be a delay coming for moving forward on drilling.

And yet, during his State of the Union address, President Obama just told the nation that energy independence will require "making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development."

Could that include Virginia? Stay tuned.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 27, 2010; 9:55 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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