US federal lands access issues continue to boil over

Oil and gas companies continute to grapple with controversy over access to US federal lands. As Congress tries to hammer out a comprehensive energy bill that President George W. Bush can sign, lands access issues keep boiling over on the sidelines.Chief among these is a lands access issue at the center of the Bush administration's energy plan: the right to lease acreage in the most prospective untapped hydrocarbon province in North America, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northern Alaska.Adding fuel to the fire over ANWR leasing was a May report by the US Department of Interior's US Geological Survey regarding the potential of the National Petroleum Res...

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