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Free Speech Radio News: U.S. Auctions Gulf of Mexico Oil Leases as Residents Clean Up in Baton Rouge

Ocean Energy Management offered 23 million acres of offshore leases for auction Wednesday. After a series of anti-drilling protests in New Orleans, the federal agency sealed its offices and conducted the auction online.

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Petro Global News: Four Arrested in New Orleans While Protesting Gulf of Mexico Lease Auction

Four people were arrested on Tuesday while protesting an offshore lease auction at a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management office in Louisiana.


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Associated Press: 4 Arrested in Protest Against Federal Oil Lease Sales

Four protesters opposed to federal oil lease sales were arrested Tuesday at the suburban New Orleans building where the leasing agency has offices, an attorney said.


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Common Dreams: Gulf Residents Arrested Telling Obama: More Drilling Equals More Floods

A group of Gulf residents were arrested after occupying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) office in New Orleans on Tuesday, where they were demanding that President Barack Obama cancel an imminent lease sale for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Hill: Activists Arrested at Offshore-Drilling Protest

Four protesters were arrested in Louisiana on Tuesday when they refused to leave an office building housing the federal agency responsible for offshore drilling.

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Morning Consult: BOEM to Live-Stream Offshore Drilling Lease Sale, to Protesters’ Chagrin

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold its first-ever live-streamed lease sale for offshore oil and gas drilling on Wednesday, prompting protests from environmentalists who say the public has been cut out of the process.

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The Advocate: ‘The person I trust least’: State Rep. Neil Abramson’s controversial tactics win him few fans among legislators

Perhaps no bill matters to state lawmakers more than the measure that authorizes hundreds of millions of state dollars annually to build roads, repair buildings and construct sewer systems back home. So lawmakers were understandably antsy Monday afternoon, hours before the regular session would end, when they couldn’t find the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Neil Abramson, for the second day in a row. Abramson wanted to bottle up the bill, which was up for final approval in the House, because he didn’t like changes made to it by the state Senate.

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Yes Magazine: Only Six Years After BP Oil Disaster, Gulf Coast Is Faced With New Drilling

Still recovering from the worst oil spill in U.S. history, Gulf Coast activists battle the threat of new offshore oil wells.

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Living on Earth radio: Louisianans Rally Against New Gulf Oil Leases

An interview with Louisiana Bucket Brigade executive director, Anne Rolfes.

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The News Star: Do Gulf lease sales need more security?

A Bureau of Ocean Energy Management spokesman said Wednesday that the federal agency encourages public input concerning oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, but may make changes on how it conducts its public auctions.


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