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Northern Virginia ads urge Obama to halt offshore drilling plan

Anita Kumar

Firedoglake.com, a progressive political blog, began airing TV ads in the Washington market, which includes Northern Virginia, targeting President Obama's plans to expand offshore drilling following the catatrophic well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

"After slamming John McCain's support for offshore oil drilling as a 'gimmick' on the 2008 campaign trail, now President Obama plans to double down on that gimmick in the face of the biggest environmental disaster in at least a generation," Firedoglake.com founder Jane Hamsher said. "The BP oil disaster should be a wake-up call to take offshore drilling off the table."

Obama announced in March that Virginia would become one of the first East Coast states to drill offshore for oil and natural gas. Federal officials Thursday indefinitely postponed public hearings on oil and gas leases that would allow for drilling off Virginia's coast, as they await an investigation into the causes of the Gulf oil rig explosion.

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By Anita Kumar  |  May 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Offshore drilling, Virginia  
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Comments

spill, baby, spill

Posted by: mloaks | May 7, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Considering the Tidewater region would be the most affected area they should be the ones crying-out for no drilling.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 7, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The cost to clean up the BP disaster will likely exceed by hundreds if not thousands of times all profits that would have been made from that well. Offshore drilling is not in our long-term financial interest. We need to start kicking the oil habit now. It won't be easy but we simply must start down that road.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | May 7, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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