20 Feb '12, 9pm

1.5 Million Acres in the Gulf of Mexico Opened for Offshore Drilling

1.5 Million Acres in the Gulf of Mexico Opened for Offshore Drilling

The Gulf of Mexico. Image: Milan Boers /CC BY 2.0 Mexico and the United States have agreed to open over a million acres the span the international boundary in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration, the Hill reports . This, of course, comes not two years after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history hit the Gulf coast. Cleanup, restoration efforts, and economic fallout from the BP Gulf Spill have kept the spectre of the catastrophe fresh in the minds of the region's residents (if not anyone else's). But Obama is eager to be seen as "pro-drilling" in election season—especially one in which rising gas prices are likely to offer the GOP its preferred window of attack (never mind that expanding drilling doesn't lower gas prices, which are instead at the whim of global market forces). Here's the Hill: Under the agreement, 1.5 million acres of the U.S. Outer Contin...

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