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Statement by Secretary W. Bodman on Senate Passage of S. 3711 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006

August 1, 2006 - 4:47pm

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"I would like to commend the leadership of Chairman Domenici and the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that will help strengthen our nation's energy security by expanding the development of crude oil and natural gas reserves along our Outer Continental Shelf.

"Just by going to the local gasoline station or looking at a monthly electricity bill, anyone can see the need to increase our domestic production of energy. It's important that we fully develop, in an environmentally responsible way, our nation's energy resources and this bill helps us accomplish that goal.

"We look forward to the House and Senate conferees working together to get a final bill out and passed by both Chambers of Congress and to the President's desk."

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Craig Stevens, (202) 586-4940

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