US House bill leaves oil, gas research funding intact

The US House of Representatives June 17 passed, by a 334-86 vote, a spending bill that largely keeps federal oil and natural gas research funding intact for the upcoming fiscal year starting Oct. 1.Overall, the 2005 Interior Appropriations bill carries a $19.5 billion price tag. It funds the budget of the US Department of the Interior, including several federal agencies of critical importance to companies that drill on federal land and in federal waters.Annual agency budgets of interest to producers include the Bureau of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service, and the US Geological Service. The bill also funds fossil fuel research under the Department of Energy. The White House ...

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