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December 14, 2017
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WOUB Local News
Congressman says "use it or lose it"
(2008-06-19)
(WOUB) - Southeast Ohio Congressmen Charlie Wilson has just announced support of legislation designed to dramatically increase the amount of oil produced in the U.S.

He says big oil companies are not using 68 million acres of drillable land that the federal government leased to them.

Wilson - a Democrat - says this new measure would force big oil to use that land or give up the leases.

Wilson says oil companies are currently producing on about 20-percent of the offshore acres they hold...while onshore it's less than 30-percent.
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