Watching Government: Lousiana's OCS gambit

How likely is it that Louisiana-which has supported oil and gas development off its coast-will try to delay or block an Outer Continental Shelf lease sale scheduled for this summer?“Louisiana is fighting for our fair share of revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling,” Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said in her 2006 state-of-the-state address Mar. 27. “I have threatened to block the sale of oil and gas leases up for renewal in August if we do not see progress.”Scott Kirkpatrick, the governor’s policy advisor for natural resources, environment, and transportation, said the state could do this by certifying that the lease sale would be inconsistent with the p...

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