Gallery: Obama Allows Offshore Drilling To Resume Without Review


This week the Obama administration allowed thirteen companies to return to their offshore oil drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico without further environmental scrutiny despite having stated in August that drilling would not resume in the Gulf until stricter environmental reviews were made of all oilrig operations. Their latest announcement will allow companies to return to offshore drilling projects that had begun without environmental surveys as long as they were already underway when the gulf oil spill happened last spring. The oil companies in question will not need to do more exploratory environmental surveys if they had already been approved, but they will be expected to comply with new stricter rules under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

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