Governor to address rising gas prices

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell is set to talk about the rising prices and the possibility of off-shore drilling.

Gas prices are inching closer and closer to the dreaded four dollar mark.

According to AAA, Virginians paid about $183 a month on gas back in April of 2009 — compare that to last month when they paid about $423!

On average Virginians used to spend about four percent of their monthly paycheck on gas two years ago. Now, they spend almost nine percent to fill up.

The Governor will be at a Henrico gas station to talk about the price jump and the need to drill off the U.S. coast — including here in Virginia.

At the same time, the U.S. House of Reps will be voting on the issue as well.

The BP oil spill last year put a halt on those plans until at least 2017.

According to the Times-Dispatch, the governor wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to take the lead on this issue so that we do not rely on oil from the middle east.

The governor will talk at a Shell gas station on Gaskins Road at 1:30 Thursday.

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