Shutdown forces delay of hearings on Trump offshore drilling plan

Washington Examiner | John Seigel | January 22, 2018

The Trump administration has postponed public hearings scheduled this week for its controversial offshore drilling plan because of the partial government shutdown.

The hearings were scheduled, Monday through Thursday, in Augusta, Maine; Baton Rouge, La.; Anchorage, Alaska; Concord, N.H.; Boston; Montgomery, Ala.; and Providence, R.I.

“A lapse in funding means that a number of government activities have ceased due to a lack of appropriated funding and because a number of employees have been temporarily furloughed,” the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency in charge of the offshore leasing plan, said in a press release Monday.

The agency will announce new dates for the hearings when the government resumes normal operations. The Senate on Monday voted to re-open the government, paving the way to end the three-day standoff.

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