administration wants to streamline the permit and leasing process
to drill for oil in the Rocky Mountains and other locations
across the West.
energy bill passed last year contains a provision to make drilling
easier and faster. This provision, along with the possibility
of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, will have
to be reconciled with the Senate's energy bill.
a White House task force is seeking comments from industry on
future drilling sites. And the Bureau of Land Management is
considering dozens of projects across the West. Opposition is
expected from various environmental groups.