Democrats push for permanent bans on expansions of offshore oil and gas leasing

Oil & Gas Journal: Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee devoted a forum Oct. 14 to advocating permanent bans on offshore leasing for oil and gas in US Atlantic and Pacific federal waters and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

President Trump in September expanded the moratorium on drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico to cover not only that area but the Atlantic coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and to run from 2022 to 2032 (OGJ Online, Sept. 28, 2020). That was not nearly enough, according to Democrats and witnesses participating by video in the forum.

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