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Drilling expansion dead in U.S. Congress: Sen Nelson

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 8:25am
Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Plans by U.S. President Barack Obama to expand oil drilling off the eastern coast of the United States are "dead on arrival" in Congress after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson said on Tuesday.

Nelson, of Florida, made the prediction to reporters at a news conference as BP Plc was struggling to stop oil gushing from a ruptured undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Nelson and two other anti-drilling Democratic senators also called for a huge increase in the liability oil companies must pay to clean up environmental disasters.

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