House members revive bill to expand OCS activity

05/11/2009
US House members who tried to legislatively repeal offshore drilling bans in previous sessions introduced a bill on May 4 to restore a 5-year Outer Continental Shelf plan, which US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has delayed.Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) sponsored the bill, HR 2227, with Neil Abercrombie (D-Ha.). Cosponsors are Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Timothy J. Walz (D-Minn.), and Lee Terry (R-Neb.). It was immediately referred to the Natural Resources Committee.On Feb. 10 Salazar announced that he would delay implementation for 6 months of a 5-year OCS plan for 2010-15 that his predecessor, Dirk A. Kempthorne, had launched the previous summer in...
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