US oil industry chief calls for more access to offshore

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Washington - The head of the US oil industry called on Wednesday for expanded offshore oil and gas production, delivering a call for deregulation two weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

In a speech delivered in Washington, American Petroleum Institute president Jack Gerard said the United States should relax the "regulatory onslaught" the US energy industry has seen in recent years.

"Today, 94% of federal offshore acreage is off limits to energy production," Gerard said in prepared remarks at an annual state-of-the-industry event.

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