Impact of Offshore Gas Drilling on theirginia Capes Operating Area
Joseph F. Bouchard, PhD
October 8, 2007
The Deep Ocean Energy Resources (DOER) Act as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June 2006 would have lifted the moratorium on offshore oil and natural gas drilling off the east coast of the United States, but that provision was deleted from the final version of the bill. In April 2007 a second effort was made to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and natural gas drilling off the coast of Virginia, but it was defeated in the Senate in June 2007. The proposal would have permitted drilling for natural gas beyond 50 miles from the coast, with coastal states being able to ban drilling between 50 and 100 miles from the coast if they so choose. Drilling beyond 100 miles from the coast would have been controlled by the Federal Government.