Friday, May 2, 2008

"Artic Oil Drilling in Domenici Plan"

"WASHINGTON— Sen. Pete Domenici on Thursday suggested opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling as part of a major U.S. production initiative to help drive down gasoline prices.

The measure also calls for oil drilling in parts of the outer-continental shelf off both coasts, mining oil shale in Colorado and other Rocky Mountain states, and a temporary suspension of U.S. oil deposits in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Domenici, the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, unveiled his bill during a Capitol Hill news conference along with a dozen other Senate Republicans.

Senate Democrats said the bill's chance of passage— especially containing the ANWR provision— is slim."

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