White House Opens New Areas For Offshore Drilling

Law360, New York (March 31, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT) -- The White House unveiled plans Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas exploration in areas including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, part of a broader strategy to curb U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

In a speech at Andrews Air Force Base, President Barack Obama said the decision to open up up new areas for offshore drilling was a tough one that was not made lightly. Hoping to counter criticism from environmental groups, he said every effort would be made to...
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