Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and six other Virginia congressmen jointly introduced H.R. 4942, the Virginia Access to Energy Act, last week. If enacted, the legislation would require U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to conduct OCS Lease Sale 220 no more than one year after Virginia’s governor requests that the sale be conducted. The bill also would prohibit oil and natural gas leases within 50 miles of Virginia’s coastal zone as well as any that conflict with military operations. The funds raised by the lease sale and royalties would be divided equally between the U.S. Government and Virginia, with the federal government’s share going towards national debt reduction and an Alternative Energy Trust Fund.