Land access issues simmer in California, Utah, New Mexico

The oil and gas industry was pressing its quest to gain access to land for exploration, drilling, and possibly production on several fronts in recent weeks.A proposal to swap contested leases off California for credits toward leases and lease rentals in the Gulf of Mexico drew some support and some expressions of wariness from industry.The industry encountered roadblocks to operations in areas of Utah and New Mexico. Michigan banned drilling of new directional wells from its shoreline to bottomhole locations under four of the Great Lakes.California-gulf swapA Denver company that holds federal leases in the Santa Barbara Channel supported legislation that would give companies credits towar...

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