US-Mexico Border Drilling Bill Sails Through Senate

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate on Saturday unanimously approved legislation enacting a 2012 accord with Mexico that expands offshore drilling development by opening up approximately 1.5 million additional acres in the Gulf of Mexico for energy projects.

The bill authorizing the secretary of the interior to implement the 2012 U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement easily made it through the Senate with bipartisan support. A more controversial House of Representatives version of the bill passed in June, and now the two bodies must resolve the differences before the measure reaches...
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