Virgina veto, SEACOR highlight need for leasing

With a deft political dodge late last month, Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner called attention to an offshore-access initiative that’s intriguing but flawed.Warner vetoed a bill calling on the state to support a lifting of the moratoriums that have for years blocked federal oil and gas leasing off the East and West Coasts and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.Warner didn’t take a strong stand on the leasing question.He instead objected to the state bill for usurping his management of the state’s lobbying office and for supporting federal legislation that doesn’t yet exist.The nonexistent legislation is a draft proposal circulating in Congress called State Enhanced Authorit...

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