Congress lets White House decide fate of Bristol Bay drilling under new law

Under new legislation signed Nov. 10 by US President George W. Bush, the US Congress lifted its objections to possible drilling in the federal waters of Alaska's Bristol Bay, although all other drilling moratoriums remain—including those that apply to the east and west coasts.The Bristol Bay language is included in a $20.2 billion Interior appropriations bill that funds the US Department of the Interior's budget as well as various fossil energy research programs at the US Department of Energy for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.Since 1982 Congress has included language in the Interior appropriations bill that prevents DOI from conducting leasing, preleasing, and related ac...

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