Monday, August 16, 2010

U.S. to require new reviews for offshore drilling

USA Today

"The federal government will require environmental reviews for new offshore drilling projects and ban "categorical exclusions" while it conducts a review on how exemptions to oil and gas companies are granted, the Interior Department announced Monday.

The decision follows a report by the Council on Environmental Quality on the former Minerals Management Service that found BP used decades-old data--exclusions written in 1981 and 1986-- to drill its busted well in the Gulf of Mexico." More>>>>

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