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US gov't issues new offshore oil drilling moratorium

07-13-2010 09:18 BJT

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The US government has formally issued its new offshore oil drilling moratorium, saying it would end by November 30 or sooner and it would no longer be based on water depths.

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says, in the wake of the BP oil spill disaster, a temporary ban on deepwater drilling is essential to protect communities, coasts and wildlife.

The revised ban does not suspend offshore activities based on water depth, but on the basis of "drilling configurations and technologies.

The previously announced drilling ban affected drilling in waters more than 152 meters deep. This revised moratorium follows an appeals court decision, which ruled the US government's first plan to suspend deepwater drilling was too broad.

The court also found it failed to take into account the economic impact the suspension would have on the resources industry and Gulf Coast economies.


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