Military training pressed as eastern gulf leasing issue

12/12/2005
US Sec. of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld’s view of offshore exploration and development where military training occurs has become an issue in Washington, DC.Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said a Nov. 30 letter from Rumsfeld to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John W. Warner (R-Va.) and Chief Minority Member Carl Levin (D-Mich.) indicates that oil and gas operations would be incompatible with defense activities in parts of the eastern Gulf of Mexico.Oil and gas trade associations dispute Nelson’s interpretation of Rumsfeld’s letter.The letter said, “Areas east of the 86º 41" line in the Gulf of Mexico (commonly known as the ‘Military Mission Line&rsq...
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