Washington, D.C (AP) - The Obama administration says 13 companies
whose deepwater drilling activities were suspended last year may be
able to resume drilling without detailed environmental reviews.
Companies will be allowed to resume work at previously drilled
wells, as long as they meet new policies and regulations.
The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
Regulation and Enforcement, Michael Bromwich, says the new policy
will accommodate companies whose operations were interrupted by the
administration's five-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, while
ensuring that the companies can resume previously approved
Bromwich says the firms will not be required to complete a
detailed review under the National Environmental Policy Act. The
companies must comply with new policies and regulations set up in
the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.
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