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Virginia Republican Comes Out Against Offshore Drilling

Posted: Jan 09, 2018 8:46 AM Updated:
Virginia U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (R) says he is opposed to President’s Trump plan to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic Ocean. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL,  represents Virginia Beach as well as the Eastern Shore. (Photo: AP) Virginia U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor (R) says he is opposed to President’s Trump plan to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic Ocean. Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, represents Virginia Beach as well as the Eastern Shore. (Photo: AP)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP/WBOC)- A freshman Republican congressman from Virginia has announced his opposition to oil drilling off the coast of his district, breaking with President Donald Trump and the rest of Virginia's Republican congressional delegation.

Rep. Scott Taylor said Monday that offshore drilling is opposed by coastal communities and industries in his district, and could interfere with military training. Taylor hadn't previously taken a stance since assuming office in 2017, although he expressed support for drilling in 2010.

He represents all of Virginia's oceanfront land, including the Eastern Shore, as well as Norfolk's Navy base. His seat is considered one of Virginia's most vulnerable, with five Democratic challengers vying to replace him.

Taylor says Trump's proposal to permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf waters, unveiled last week, didn't factor into his decision.

Instead, Taylor cited opposition within his district, much of which he said has to do with the offshore drilling industry’s “perception problem” as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion off the coast of Louisiana.

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