The OCS leasing struggle

Meager offshore oil and gas leasing reform tested political winds in the US House of Representatives Dec. 5 and nearly got blown away. At this writing, the effort was trying to skirt opposition in the final days of the 109th Congress as an attachment to unrelated legislation.The bill, which would open 8.3 million acres of the Outer Continental Shelf in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, is far less aggressive than a measure the House passed in July. Still, supporters had to withdraw it when they sensed trouble winning the two-thirds majority required for passage under special rules for expeditious handling. At midweek, MSNBC reported that leasing reform was one of several bills drawn to renewal ...

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