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New administration won’t halt drilling plans

Plans for selling oil and gas drilling rights in the waters off Virginia apparently will not be changed by the Obama team.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said he would not intervene in a planned sale of exploration and drilling rights in Atlantic waters at least 50 miles off the Virginia coast .

However, Salazar also said he was ordering a new study by federal scientists that would weigh the potential economic benefits against the environmental risks of offshore drilling. Such research “may alter” those Virginia plans.

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