Oil Industry to Obama: Expand Offshore Drilling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The oil industry's chief trade group wants the
Obama administration to reconsider its decision not to pursue
offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or along the
nation's East Coast.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said
the group will press lawmakers and administration officials to
expand drilling along the Atlantic coast and in Alaska. If
agreement cannot be reached, Gerard said he would support language
favored by some congressional Republicans to mandate expanded
drilling.

Obama's decision to scale back offshore drilling reversed an
earlier plan to expand drilling. It was prompted by the Gulf oil
spill.

Gerard said the decision "sends job creation elsewhere . and
closes the door on economic growth." He spoke as the group
released its annual "State of American Energy" report Tuesday.

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


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