Obama announces permission for offshore oil drilling

09:33, April 01, 2010      

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.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday announces permission for oil drilling 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the Virginia shorelines at Andrews air base on the outskirts of Washington. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)


U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday announced permission for oil drilling 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the Virginia shorelines, marking the country's effort to reduce reliance on foreign energy sources.

"We are here today to talk about America's energy security, an issue that has been a priority for my administration since the day I took office," Obama said at Andrews air base on the outskirts of Washington, telling a military audience "this is not a decision that I've made lightly."

"We're announcing the expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration but in ways that balance the need to harness domestic energy resources and the need to protect America's natural resources," Obama said.

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