White House Threatens To Veto GOP Offshore Lease Plan

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT) -- The White House on Monday threatened to veto a Republican-backed bill that would replace the Obama administration’s offshore leasing program with a new plan that offers twice as many lease sales and opens the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for drilling.

In a statement of administration policy, President Barack Obama’s senior advisers said they would recommend he veto H.R. 6082, arguing it would curtail environmental protections and disregard oil spill response issues.

Released last month, the Interior Department’s 2012-2017 offshore leasing plan calls for 15 lease sales,...
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