Trump bans oil drilling off Virginia, North Carolina coasts


President Trump on Friday announced a ban on oil drilling off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia — expanding an Atlantic moratorium he established this month.

Trump announced the surprise restrictions at a large campaign rally in Newport News, Virginia.

He had earlier this month banned drilling off the coast of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“You’re gonna be so happy Virginia and North Carolina,” Trump said at the rally.

“Come on, North Carolina, you’re going to be so happy, you’re going to be cheering like crazy,” he said, as rally attendees indeed cheered.

Trump recounted his surprise Atlantic ban for the other states, announced Sept. 8, before telling the crowd he was stretching the 10-year moratorium northward.

“Because I happen to like this state a lot, I said, ‘What about, Virginia? What about North Carolina?’” Trump said.

“So I’m extending the moratorium to North Carolina and Virginia. And if you want to have oil rigs out there just let me know, we’ll break it off. I can understand that, too.”

Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are in a close contest in North Carolina, according to polls. Trump said at the rally he’s also hopeful about his chances in Virginia, which he lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump also praised US “energy independence” and slammed Biden’s energy policy.