Natural Gas Week provides analysis of the ongoing debates in Virginia and South Carolina over offshore natural gas exploration in state waters. In Virginia, the debate is focused on the looming gubernatorial election where both the Democratic and Republican candidates support offshore drilling. In South Carolina, policymakers are awaiting a report on the feasibility of drilling in state waters from the South Carolina Natural Gas Exploration Study Committee . Although the report has not issued yet, based on media and other reports it appears that the conclusion is going to be that natural gas E&P offshore South Carolina should go forward. Interestingly, Virginia but not South Carolina would be included in legislation introduced earlier this year in the U.S. House seeking to permanently ban offshore drilling in the Mid- and North Atlantic OCS planning areas. [Subscription required]