Watching Government: States study OCS issues

As US President George W. Bush signed the 2005 energy bill requiring the first significant evaluation of potential Outer Continental Shelf resources in years, coastal US states and Canadian provinces already were working on their own study. The main difference is that members of the North American Coastal Alliance emphasize cooperation over confrontation. They will discuss their work during the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission’s annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Sept. 17-20.Sandy McMullin, a director of the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, and Dan Seamount, a member of Alaska’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, cochair NACA. In separate telephone interviews, t...

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