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Bush Ends Drilling Ban In Alaska, Gulf

Law360 (January 10, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a controversial move, President George W. Bush has a lifted a ban on drilling for oil and natural gas in 11.4 million acres of previously protected space in Alaska’s Bristol Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

An executive order enacted by George H.W. Bush after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound put Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas companies. In 1998, Bill Clinton extended the leasing ban through 2012.

But President George W. Bush, invoking Outer Continental Shelf...
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