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The White House applauded congressional approval on Thursday of a U.S.-Mexico pact that OKs offshore drilling cooperation along a maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Senate approved the 2012 U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement on Wednesday evening as a part of the larger two-year budget deal being sent to President Obama.
The pact ultimately opens up oil-and-gas reservoirs across 1.5 million acres of the outer continental shelf.