US House proposes opening ANWR coastal plain

The question of whether to lease the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wild- life Refuge is not settled yet in the US Congress.It was included in a 68-page draft bill that seeks to address key congressional proposals recommended in the White House's energy task force report.Under a June 15 draft circulated to oil industry associations, the House Commit- tee on Resources proposes to open a portion of the ANWR coastal plain, renew deepwater royalty relief for Gulf of Mexico leases, make sweeping changes in oil and gas royalty collection, and allow states to take a more aggressive role in managing federal leases within their borders. The bill also would reduce federal royalties on mar...

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