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Oil and Gas

MMS director Burton says Gulf Coast energy recovery could take months

Joining E&ETV immediately after her survey of hurricane damage in Louisiana and Mississippi, Johnnie Burton, director of the Minerals Management Service, says it could take three months before the oil and gas rigs, pipelines, and refineries along the Gulf Coast return to normal capacity. Burton also weighs in on how the storm will affect natural gas prices and whether lawmakers should try to open more regions in the Gulf of Mexico to energy exploration. Plus, she addresses the controversial subject of drilling off of the California coastline, after a federal judge denied MMS plans to renew 36 oil and gas leases.