White House closer to lifting drill ban
A report from the Department of the Interior likely means it is closer to lifting a moratorium on offshore drilling imposed after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a White House spokesman said today.
News wires 30 September 2010 21:14 GMT – Michael Bromwich, head of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is slated to give Secretary Ken Salazar a report over the next few days with guidance on whether the drilling ban should be modified.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether the report meant the department was closer to lifting the moratorium.
“I think in many ways it likely does,” he said in a Reuters report.
The Obama administration today unveiled new regulations aimed at permanently reshaping US offshore drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill, but kept its deep-water drilling ban in place for now.