President Obama Extends Moratorium on Drilling

Mike Allen writes for Politico,

The changes come after a 30-day safety review on offshore drilling conducted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, which Obama will discuss at the news conference.

Obama is effectively hitting the pause button on new wells like the Deepwater Horizon, which has been spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico for more than a month.

And he’s delaying planned exploration off the coast of Alaska in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas while his blue-ribbon panel explores what went wrong the BP spill and how to prevent future accidents.

The halt to planned drilling this summer off Alaska will meet a key demand of environmental organizations, who have been pleading with the administration to stop exploration Shell is planning this summer. The environmental groups have featured the Arctic plan in some anti-drilling television ads.

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