More facts on OCS--
President Bush's decision to allow offshore drilling is only the first step in a two-part process towards tapping our natural resources.
Before energy producers are permitted to explore offshore Congress must lift their own legislative ban against drilling off the shores of California, Florida and Virginia that has been in place since 1981. Congress will have an opportunity to do so when it returns from August recess. The ban must be renewed each year and is scheduled to expire on September 30, unless Congress takes action to keep it in place.