Today, Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced that Virginia was not included in the final Five-Year OCS Leasing Program for 2012-2017:
"Despite overwhelming bipartisan support, Virginia has been unable to develop the vast energy resources off our shores because of Washington red tape. Today, the Obama Administration finalized Virginia's exclusion from their five-year lease plan. This decision is disappointing. I have and will continue to support measures to open our coasts to safe oil and natural gas production and give Virginia its fair share of the revenues. Virginia can and should play a key role in helping to bring down energy costs, spur job growth and make America more secure."