Watching Government: ANWR leasing outlook hazy

Energy and Natural Resources Committee leaders basked in the glow last week following passage by a vote of 85-12 by the full Senate of their bipartisan energy bill. One reason they were able to celebrate was that they did not make legislation to authorize oil and gas leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain part of the bill.The situation will change when the Senate takes its bill to conference this month with the House, which made ANWR leasing authorization part of its energy bill.Opponents may find it harder to kill than in previous years because it’s already part of the fiscal 2006 budget.In late April, the Senate kept ANWR language in its budget packag...

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