CERI: Offshore access in North America still major deterrent for gas producers

03/08/2004
Restrictions on exploration access to offshore areas to increase North American natural gas reserves is a major and continuing obstacle, says a senior energy consultant and analyst.Potential areas of exploration that are now banned include parts of the US Gulf Coast, Florida, off the Carolinas, and Canada's Vancouver Island, noted Loren Cox, associate director, program development, for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Cox spoke to a conference sponsored by the Canadian Energy Research Institute in Calgary last week.Cox said production from relatively shallow waters is now "stable at best, and probably declining." He a...
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