ANWR leasing gets mixed support from senators, industry

When Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM), was reelected chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee for the 109th Congress on Jan. 4, the first issue he mentioned was oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain."We are going to make a push to develop our vast oil resources in a way that leaves the environment pristine while stabilizing oil prices and enhancing our energy independence," Domenici said in a statement."I expect to receive instructions in the budget resolution to report ANWR language to the Budget Committee by early May. I will fight on the Senate floor to keep those instructions in the resolution and will fight again to defend our legislation ...

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