Bill to open OCS to gas leasing draws support

Five representatives of business and social service organizations have expressed support for opening more of the US Outer Continental Shelf to natural gas leasing.They testified Nov. 17 during a US House subcommittee hearing on The Outer Continental Shelf Natural Gas Relief Act of 2005. The bill to terminate existing OCS moratoriums and withdrawals was introduced by Reps. John E. Peterson (R-Pa.) and Neil Abercrombie (D-Ha.) 2 days earlier.Rep. Jim Gibbons (D-Nev.), chairman of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Resources Committee, noted the recent increase in the price of natural gas and the gas potential of areas of the Outer Continental Shelf now off limits to ...

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