A report released this week by Securing America’s Future Energy concludes that opening the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas exploration and production would not affect U.S. military operations in the area. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) touted the report to Oil & Gas Journal, saying that its conclusions support his legislation that would open the eastern Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas E&P. Responding to the report, Sen. Bill Nelson released a statement opposing expanding E&P activities in the eastern Gulf, noting that the Pentagon has said that E&P is incompatible with military training operations in the area.