The Los Angeles Times analyzes the political circumstances surrounding exploration and production of oil and natural gas offshore Virginia. The piece notes that a number of elected officials from both major political parties, including Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell and Democratic U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, support offshore E&P activities. However, NASA and environmental activists have raised concerns with the proposal. Recently, MMS said that it would not issue any oil and natural gas leases for offshore Virginia until 2012.