Federal officials want researchers to explore just how much oil and natural gas is off Georgia's coast. The research would be the first in decades to take stock of potential oil and natural gas in the South Atlantic. Backers say, developing such resources would make the country more energy-independent.
Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.