- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some governors interested in offshore energy exploration - including North Carolina’s Pat McCrory - plan to ask their congressional delegations to develop regional legislation to ensure states get revenues from what’s being tapped into.

McCrory’s office said he led Friday’s meeting of the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition in Washington as group chairman. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe also attended. The governors agreed it’s better to develop regional revenue-sharing proposals instead of separate ones for each state.

Coalition work is gaining importance since the Obama administration said last month it was including Atlantic Ocean tracts in a draft proposal for areas that could be opened to oil and gas exploration later this decade.

The National Governors Association winter meetings also are happening this weekend in Washington.

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