BRADENTON, Fla. — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell renewed his quest for the state to be included in the next offshore oil and gas leasing plan following the Dec. 5 release of a study projecting new economic benefits.

Virginia could see 25,000 new jobs and reap $1.9 billion in new revenue for state government, according to the study about the benefits of opening the U.S. Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to offshore oil and natural gas development sponsored by the National Ocean Industries Association and the American Petroleum Institute.

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