Gulf of Mexico

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The first offshore sale in the US Oil and Gas Leasing program for the year has concluded. It offered the largest amount of acreage in the history of the federal offshore program in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile the Trump Administration is working to expand offshore drilling into the eastern Gulf and other new areas. 

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is unveiling its plan for 2017 and looking for public feedback.

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Despite a months-long season for red snapper in state waters off Florida and other Gulf states, fisherman across the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to protest a brief three-day opening to catch the prized fish in federal Gulf waters. Fishermen argue a short opening hurts businesses and hampers anglers across the Gulf, but fishery managers say a small window is important to preserve a species still recovering from overfishing.

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Florida lawmakers have voted on a plan for how they'll pay out the state's millions of dollars for damages sustained from BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

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An executive order signed by the Trump Administration in late April seeks to expand oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, with many in the industry eyeing the eastern Gulf. Florida environmental groups argue the change could threaten tourism and the environment, but Florida's oil and gas industry say it would be a welcome change. 

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