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GOP ENR: Response to Interior's oil and gas leasing reform

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, is on her way to Afghanistan, however, a spokesman from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee responded to Interior's new leasing reforms.

"Interior Secretary Salazar claims the changes announced today will provide certainty, but the only certainty they provide is that more production will be driven overseas," said Robert Dillon, spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. "This is simply another step by the administration to decrease domestic oil and gas production and increase our dependency on foreign nations. You don't get more production by restricting development to depleted fields and increasing regulation."

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