Editorial: Offshore MidAtlantic deserves more durable protection from drilling

Offshore oil drilling rig

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – For more than three decades, the public has been presented with the recurring spectacle of the federal government proposing drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, and governments from Virginia north and most of their residents opposing and stopping the same.

The cycle has become more farcical over time, particularly now that the dramatic increase in U.S. domestic oil and gas production has rendered unprofitable deepwater drilling in the mid- to northern Atlantic — even if there were significant reserves there, which looks unlikely …

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