Watching Government: Breaking the OCS impasse

A proposal to break the offshore leasing logjam has quietly emerged amid the clamor for greater access to US oil and gas resources. State Enhanced Authority for Coastal and Offshore Resources (SEACOR) would give states more control over, and revenue from, energy production from federal land off their coastlines. It also would allow them to limit energy leasing to natural gas.Leading industry groups aren’t claiming credit for the idea, which has been circulating for more than a year. But several have expressed their support. That includes the National Ocean Industries Association, which held its annual meeting Apr. 14-16 in Washington, DC. “SEACOR underscores that if we are goi...

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