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Bill would require rescue boats near offshore rigs

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday was scheduled to consider legislation that would require standby rescue vessels within three nautical miles of active offshore oil and gas rigs.

It's sponsored by Rep. Jeff Landry (R-La.), who has been among the most vocal critics of post-spill regulations imposed by the Obama administration. His legislation has set off a battle between two of the state's most influential industries and biggest campaign contributors.

The oil and gas industry opposes the provision as too expensive and unnecessary, while maritime companies, which stand to gain lucrative new business, are supportive.

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