WATCHING WASHINGTON OCS LEASING PLAN HIT

With Patrick Crow Oil companies and associations are urging the Minerals Management Service to hold the line against further dilution of the proposed 5 year U.S. offshore leasing program. Comments they have filed with MMS reflect frustration with the reduced scope of the leasing plan (OGJ, Mar. 4, p. 16) and the knowledge that MMS will not add sales to it. J.L. Whitmire, Phillips Petroleum Co. vice-president for North American exploration and production, said the program essentially is a Gulf

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