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Shimkus Urges More Domestic Drilling for Energy

June 17, 2008

By Laura Griffith, The Telegraph, Alton, Ill.

Jun. 17–JERSEYVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus offers one way to lower gas prices — the United States needs to increase its own oil supply and rely less on foreign sources.

Shimkus, R-Collinsville, held a news conference Monday at a Shell gas station along South State Street in Jerseyville, where unleaded gasoline was selling for $4.09 per gallon, to share his views on providing much-needed relief to struggling American motorists.

Sure, driving less and using more fuel-efficient vehicles helps, but those solutions are more feasible for city dwellers than for mid- to lower-class rural Americans who have to travel long distances for work and school, do not have as many options for mass transportation at their fingertips and just don’t have the money to replace their old gas-guzzling vehicles, Shimkus said.

Shimkus suggested that relief could come in the form of an estimated 11 billion to 16 billion barrels of crude oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the 2.31 billion barrels of oil or 28.05 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the East Coast in the Outer Continental Shelf, the 3.58 billion barrels of oil and 12.31 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, or the 10.71 billion barrels of oil and 19.95 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the West Coast.

READ MORE ON THIS STORY in the print edition of Tuesday’s Telegraph.

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