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Governor urges support of offshore drilling

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Regular gas is $3.91 a gallon and climbing. 

"It's very costly to get around. It makes you want to stay at home," said motorist Latasha Austin. 

Amanda Willis said, "It is expensive. Mine's $63 and it's not even all the way empty." 

Chad McKenzie's delivery business, Stanley Steemers, recently had to tack on a fuel service charge for customers. 

"Hopefully when gas prices go back down we can remove that at that point," he said. 

Governor Bob McDonnell says he's heard the complaints and today turned a gas station into a stage. 

"I believe America has an energy policy problem," McDonnell said. 

He took his plea to the pumps for Congress to pass an offshore drilling measure, which he says, could eventually drop prices and open doors for Virginians. 

"Offshore drilling for oil and natural gas could find trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. Hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, creating literally thousands and thousands of well paying jobs," said McDonnell. 

Members of the Sierra Club also took to the pumps, holding banners supporting for windmills not spills. 

"If we're serious about reducing gas prices for Virginians and all across America, the answer lies in reducing our consumption through more efficiency, more fuel efficient cars," J.R. Tolbert with the Sierra Club said. 

McDonnell sent a letter to the president and is urging U.S. Senators to consider the offshore option. 

"When over 50 percent of your oil comes from other countries, it's a recipe for disaster," McDonnell added. 

Again, the offshore drilling bill passed the House this afternoon, but is expected to have a tougher road ahead in the U.S. Senate. 

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