Broad, bipartisan support is building among lawmakers at the state and federal levels for expanding access to offshore oil and gas drilling and development, said Erik Milito, American Petroleum Institute director of upstream and industry operations.
Speaking to reporters during a June 5 conference call from Washington, DC, Milito said increased offshore access would mean increased jobs and revenue for the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
"The United States must pursue smart federal policies" that would expand the Outer Continental Shelf program, Milito said. "Developing our offshore resources is vital."
Drilling off Virginia and other Atlantic st...