“I have decided that it is now appropriate to lift the suspension on deep-water drilling for those operators that are able to clear the higher bar that we have set,” Salazar said today on a conference call with reporters.
President Barack Obama halted oil and natural-gas drilling in waters deeper than 500 feet (152 meters) after BP’s Macondo well off the Louisiana coast blew out April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the biggest U.S. oil spill. The moratorium was opposed by officials in Gulf Coast states, who said it only added to the economic devastation caused by the spill’s effects on fishing and tourism.
- Salazar Lifts Ban on Deep-Water Drilling, U.S. Interior Says (businessweek.com)
- Offshore Drilling Moratorium Lifted: Ken Salazar Lifts Ban (nowpublic.com)
- Obama team to lift Gulf Coast oil drilling moratorium, with conditions (content.usatoday.com)
- US lifts Gulf of Mexico deepwater drilling ban (alternet.org)