Senate Approves Oil, Gas Drilling In Gulf of Mexico
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WASHINGTON — The Senate voted yesterday to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters in the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling, setting up a confrontation with the House, which wants even more drilling in waters now off-limits.
Supporters said the measure would be a big step toward producing more domestic energy and forcing down natural gas prices that have soared in recent years.
The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 71–25. It now must be reconciled with much broader drilling legislation passed by the House in June.Those negotiations are likely to begin in September.