Watching Government: Producing ideas with oil and gas

Access may be restricted by presidential withdrawals and congressional moratoria. Nevertheless, new ideas are being produced—along with oil and gas—on the US Outer Continental Shelf. What's more, this production isn't confined to the central and western Gulf of Mexico or limited to technology.At the US Minerals Management Service OCS Policy Committee's latest meeting in Washington, DC, directors from the three active OCS regions delivered status reports. Each seemed to represent a distinct exploration and production phase.John Gall, MMS's Alaska regional director, outlined an array of challenges facing the industry and governments contemplating the resources (a...

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