In this undated photo, a boat nears an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration announced plans Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, to open 45 million additional acres of offshore Gulf waters for oil and gas development and exploration.
In this undated photo, a boat nears an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration announced plans Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, to open 45 million additional acres of offshore Gulf waters for oil and gas development and exploration. AP
In this undated photo, a boat nears an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama administration announced plans Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, to open 45 million additional acres of offshore Gulf waters for oil and gas development and exploration. AP

Feds to open 45 million more acres in Gulf for energy development

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