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Industry slams Obama's leasing plan as public hearings get underway

Industry groups are blasting the Department of the Interior's proposed offshore leasing program for 2017 to 2022, saying it doesn't go far enough.

Yesterday, the American Petroleum Institute, National Ocean Industries Association and Independent Petroleum Association of America hosted a call with the press to voice their opposition to the plan, which would open up much of the Atlantic coastline and portions of coastal Alaska to offshore drilling. Hearings for public comment also started yesterday in Washington, D.C., and Fairbanks, Alaska.

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