Washington, D.C. (AP) - The government agency in charge of offshore
drilling will weigh in ahead of schedule on whether a ban on new
deepwater wells should be lifted.
The chief of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Michael
Bromwich, told an investigative panel Monday that he is a month
ahead of schedule in issuing a report on the ban. It's due to
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in late October.
President Barack Obama imposed the drilling moratorium following
the April 20 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest offshore
in history. The ban is set to expire Nov. 30, but federal officials
have indicated it could end early.
The moratorium has come under criticism by the oil industry and
local residents for harming the Gulf economy.
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