WATCHING GOVERNMENT: ANWR among leak casualties

A bill to authorize oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is dead. A conference to reconcile different approaches to reforming leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf hasn’t been scheduled. And reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Act faces continued delays.These are the three main legislative casualties following a leak in one part and the shutting down of another portion of BP PLC’s oil gathering system on Alaska’s North Slope. Two of the three might yet be salvaged.The ANWR bill clearly won’t. It passed the House but faced problems in the Senate. Opponents will ask why additional leasing should be authorized along the North Slope when part ...

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