House subcommittee examines royalty in-kind pilot program

US House Republican leaders are drafting legislation that includes several highly controversial proposals sought by the oil industry but vehemently opposed by environmental groups.They include opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain to exploration, reducing state authority over coastal zone management, and expanding deepwater royalty relief.Two comprehensive energy bills have been filed in the Senate, one by Commit tee on Energy and Natural Resources Chair man Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and one by the committee's former chairman, Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.). But the new Democratic majority in the Senate has signaled it may opt to pass short-term, narrow legislation instead ...

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