18 May '11, 10pm

Senate Sinks Offshore Drilling Bill

A Senate Republican offshore drilling bill died Wednesday due to opposition from Democrats and criticism from within the GOP that the measure didn't go far enough in enabling new production. It would direct the Interior secretary to conduct previously scheduled offshore lease sales in the western and central Gulf of Mexico and off the coasts of Virginia and Alaska. It also extends by one year Gulf of Mexico leases that were suspended when the Obama administration placed a deepwater drilling moratorium last year in the wake of the BP spill. It would require the Obama administration to decide within 30 days on offshore drilling permits -- while the Interior Department would be allowed to request two 15-day extensions, if needed, for reviewing some permits. The measure also would limit judicial review of agency approvals of some offshore energy projects.

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/senate-sinks-offs...

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