ANWR ISSUE DERAILS SENATE ENERGY BILL

Debate over drilling on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain in Alaska has derailed omnibus energy legislation in the U.S. Senate. When the Senate tried to consider its energy committee's omnibus bill, which would permit ANWR drilling, opponents began a filibuster. That prompted a cloture vote to end the filibuster Nov. 1, but cloture required a 60 vote majority and was 10 votes shy at 50-44 in favor of filibuster shutoff.

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