Commmittee okays ANWR leasing but full House unlikely to agree

Legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge passed the House Committee on Resources late July 17.The committee reported H.R. 1324, the Energy Security Act, on a 26-17 vote. ANWR drilling opponents unsuccessfully sought to substitute their own energy proposal, but it failed largely along party lines. A provision sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to ban oil companies from exporting future ANWR oil passed.Other amendments offered by Democrats failed, leaving the proposal similar to how Republican House leaders drafted it (OGJ Online, July 9, 2001). Along with ANWR leasing, the bill would extend deepwater royalty relief, encourage the use of royalty in-...

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