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From left, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory discuss federal regulations, drilling and seismic studies at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Gov. Pat McCrory at OTC: Drilling dollars essential to sell offshore exploration along East Coast

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For coastal states to support offshore drilling near their shores, they have to glean some of the dollars tied to that activity, North Carolina’s governor told OTC.
(Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg)

Shell exec: U.S. risks losing drilling dollars to Brazil, Canada and Mexico

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The Obama administration’s plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases from 2017 to 2022 could jeopardize the United States’ competitiveness as Brazil, Canada, Mexico and other countries aggressively compete for drilling dollars, a Shell executive told Congress.
(Eddie Seal/Bloomberg)

Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

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Oil industry leaders on Monday pressed the Obama administration to reverse course and schedule two auctions of drilling rights in the Atlantic, not just the single sale now penciled in for 2021.
U.S. Senator Ed Markey, D-Mass (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

East Coast Democrats protest Atlantic oil drilling

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Sixty-five lawmakers told the Obama administration to reconsider a plan to sell oil and gas drilling leases along the East Coast.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Obama administration opens door to Atlantic drilling

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The Obama administration is poised to unveil a draft plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases that is expected to rule out auctioning drilling rights in parts of the Atlantic Ocean as well as in some Arctic waters and along the West Coast between 2017 and 2022.
South Carolina would be among the states to reap benefits from offshore drilling, but some officials argue fishing and tourism could be threatened. Pictured, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo by Loren Steffy)

Study: East Coast states could cash in on offshore drilling

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North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia could rake in billions if the Interior Department opens up auctions on leases along the Atlantic Coast, according to the study.
An oil facility in the Gulf of Mexico. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Feds urged to put Atlantic waters on auction block

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Oil development in Atlantic waters from Africa to Canada should encourage the Obama administration to sell drilling leases in waters hugging the East Coast, a leading industry trade group said Wednesday.
A dusk view of a support vessel next to the illuminated Na Kika oil and natural gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (BP)

Feds extend deadline for offshore drilling comments

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Oil companies, environmentalists and other stakeholders will have more time to weigh in on what coastal waters should be available for drilling beginning in 2017.
Oil facilities pop up from the shallow continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. More than five decades after the shallow waters of the Gulf were first explored, it is still being tapped. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

House votes to expand offshore drilling

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Even before the House voted 229-185 to force the federal government to allow offshore drilling off the South Carolina, Virginia and California coasts, lawmakers admitted the plan was going nowhere. But bill backers are hoping it will send a strong signal to the Obama administration that it should give oil and gas companies a chance to drill in Atlantic waters.
Shell’s Olympus platform is set up on the Mars field in the Gulf of Mexico in July 2013. (Royal Dutch Shell)

Voters see link between energy and economy

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Nine out of 10 voters believe increased domestic oil and gas production can help the economy, but not all of them want to see it happen offshore, a new survey shows.