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Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:58pm

Gingrich Pushes Drilling In Savannah

Next week's Super Tuesday primary has presidential hopefuls on the move in Georgia.

Mitt Romney's wife Ann made two appearances in Atlanta Thursday and Rick Santorum is scheduled to stop in Macon on Monday.

Newt Gingrich visited coastal Savannah and Brunswick Friday.

In a speech at Chatham County Republican Headquarters, Gingrich repeated his promise to reduce gas prices to $2.50 per gallon.

Gingrich says, drilling off the Georgia coast is one answer to keeping prices low.

"There's a pretty good chance that we have a fairly large amount of natural gas off of Savannah," Gingrich says.

Gingrich says, methods pushing down natural gas prices will work for oil.

"It's a historic fact that in the last 10 years here's what happened to natural gas, so you tell me why it can't happen to oil," Gingrich says. "It is intellectually impossible to take what has been happening with new technology and come back and make the case that we have to somehow conserve energy because we're going to run out in the near future."

But energy experts disagree.

Georgia Tech principal research engineer Sam Shelton says, there's no proof of any reserves.

"There's no substantiated evidence that there's any oil or gas off of the Atlantic coast," Shelton says.

Energy experts say, aside from price controls, it's nearly impossible for Washington to set the price of oil in the short term and long-term solutions would be marginal.

Georgia voters will cast their ballots next Tuesday.