Need to play a bit of catch-up (the Shad Plank team has been a bit short-handed this week):
U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, R-Norfolk, was one of the "gang of 22" lawmakers who unveiled an energy proposal yesterday. The gang was decidedly bipartisan -- 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats, a group put together by Reps. Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii, and John Peterson, R-Penn.
Their plan, which was weeks in the making, would allow offshore drilling that is at least 25 miles off the coast. A Drake-drafted addition would allow individual states to increase that to 50 miles, which is the distance that Virginia lawmakers have supported.
Another portion of the plan that was added at Drake's request: the map of how offshore revenue would be divided among states was altered to expand Virginia's share of the pot.
The proposal, called the National Conservation, Environment and Energy Independence Act, would retain the ban on drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
Glenn Nye, Drake's Democratic challenger in the November election, announced today that he will detail his own energy proposals at a press conference/campaign event Saturday morning.