Watching Government: The evolving OCS paradigm

When the National Ocean Industries Association held its annual meeting in Washington, DC, last week, it was against a significantly improved outlook for gaining access to more of the Outer Continental Shelf. One year earlier, congressional OCS moratoriums and presidential withdrawals seemed firmly in place. As NOIA’s 2006 meeting opened, however, four bills that potentially could expand OCS leasing were before the 109th Congress.“There seems to be a growing appreciation among decision-makers that it no longer makes sense to ignore the safe production of the vast energy resources on the nation’s OCS,” NOIA Pres. Tom Fry said before the meeting. “We’re en...

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