ANWR LEASING: TOP ISSUE IN ENERGY STRATEGY

As expected, proposed leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain is becoming a key issue in the Bush administration's blueprint for a U.S. National Energy Strategy (NES). Energy Sec. James Watkins has told Congress that if NES legislation does not allow leasing of ANWR, Bush will veto it (OGJ, Mar. 18, Newsletter). Watkins released a DOE study that said the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) may be shut down if Congress does not permit ANWR leasing within 6-7 years.

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