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Byline: Greg Edwards
Jan. 12--Natural-gas exploration off Virginia's coast can be done safely, would take years to yield results and must be part of a comprehensive plan to meet energy needs, a state official says.
Last year, lawmakers asked Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Michael J. Schewel to study the state's offshore natural-gas potential.
"Improved energy efficiency -- better and more prudent use of our existing energy resources -- is our only viable short- term means of reducing our nation's need
Schewelfor new energy supplies," Schewel said in a report sent to the General Assembly late Tuesday.
In an interview …