FEDERAL LAND ACCESS ISSUES THREATEN ACTIVITY

Patrick Crow Washington Editor The federal government, largest landowner in the U.S., in the past decade has been increasingly unwilling to lease its lands for oil and gas exploration. Congress has restricted the acreage available for onshore exploration by identifying thousands of acres in the West for possible designation as wilderness. And on the Outer Continental Shelf, for the past 9 years legislators have denied the Interior Department funds to plan lease sales in certain areas.

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