Obama Kills Atlantic Offshore Drilling For Five Years Obama Kills Atlantic Offshore Drilling For Five Years Yesterday the Obama administration announced a delaying tactic which will put off the possibility of new offshore oil drilling on the Atlantic coast for at least five years: The announcement by the Interior Department sets into motion what will be at least a five year environmental survey to determine whether and where oil production might occur. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell notes that a planned lease sale, which the administration cancelled last year, will now be put off until at least 2018. As you might expect, Republicans were not impressed with the decision: --- Not only stupid, but evil...As raising the price of energy hurts people that can't afford food, medicine or choose one or the other. Obama is hurting the poor. I'm all for clean advances in energy, but this is nuts.