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[UPDATE] White House: No Drilling Off Florida Coast

By: Eyewitness News, AP Email
By: Eyewitness News, AP Email

[UPDATE] 12-1 11:55AM --

WASHINGTON (AP) --

In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A senior administration official told The Associated Press on
Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department
will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at
least the next seven years.

Obama's earlier plan -- announced in March, three weeks before
the April BP spill -- would have allowed drilling from Delaware to
central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. The new plan
allows drilling in Alaska, but officials said they will move
cautiously before approving any leases.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico was singled out for protection by
Congress in 2006 as part of a deal with Florida lawmakers that made
available 8.3 million acres to oil and gas development in the
east-central Gulf.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

The White House won't allow any new oil
drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least the next seven
years because of the BP oil spill.

A senior administration official told The Associated Press on
Wednesday, Dec 1, that drilling leases won't be considered in the waters off Florida as part of the change. He spoke on condition of
anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced yet.

He said that because of the BP spill, the administration now
understands the need to elevate safety and environmental standards.
Before the spill, the administration had considered a plan to allow
drilling in the eastern Gulf.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to discuss the
decision later Wednesday afternoon.


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