Obama to Expand Drilling Off Alaska, in Gulf

By: Dina Cappiello, Associated Press
By: Dina Cappiello, Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The Obama administration will cautiously open up more areas in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coast to oil
and gas drilling.

The drilling plans are much narrower in scope than what the
administration had said it would consider prior to the Gulf oil
spill and what Republicans say is needed to create jobs.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday the government will
hold 15 lease sales for areas in the Gulf of Mexico, including two
in the Eastern Gulf, and off Alaska's coast in 2012-2017. The
Alaska sales are the first since 2008.

The administration initially said it would explore drilling off
the Atlantic coast, and throughout the eastern Gulf.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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