The Republican lawmakers from North Carolina filed the amendment instructing the Secretary of the Interior to finalize a five-year program allowing leasing opportunities for oil and natural gas exploration off the coasts of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The senators said the amendment prohibits leasing within 30 miles of the nearest coastline…
…"I made a promise to North Carolinians to advance commonsense priorities that help hardworking Americans and create new opportunities for our nation," Tillis said in a statement. "This legislation honors that promise by expanding offshore oil and natural gas exploration to Mid- and South-Atlantic states."
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