2 Parties Differ Over Offshore Drilling Expansion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are battling over how to boost offshore drilling, days after President Barack Obama called for increased U.S. oil production in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices.

Both parties say they want to allow responsible oil and gas
drilling a year after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S.
history, but they appeared far apart on details.

The Senate is voting Wednesday on a GOP bid to speed up
decision-making on drilling permits and force the Obama
administration to conduct previously scheduled lease sales in the
Gulf of Mexico and off Virginia's coast. The sales were suspended
after the BP spill.

Democrats have focused on repealing billions in tax breaks for
large oil companies and called on companies to drill where they
hold leases now.

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

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  • by Tyree Location: Marietta, Georgia on May 18, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    I do not know what to think! That man (the 1 I voted for) suspended drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for 5 years...like 6 months ago? Trust me when I say this, I want non-stop drilling 24-7! I think that the powers that be, said we had a total of aroun 5500 rigs in the Gulf, and some 3000 producing oil, the others, natural gas c3h8! With only-this disaster, in many decades of exploration, and service to our economy, I want 10,000 more wells! Word!
  • by Anonymous on May 18, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    what about refineries. they always jack up prices when refineries have to be shut down or switch from winter blends to summer blends or when someone has a headache. If I am not mistaken there hasn't been a new refinery built in a long time. (maybe decades). we can pump oil but until it's refined it doesn't do anyone any good.
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 05:46 AM in reply to
      Eliminate specialty boutique blends.
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