Offshore-drilling projects continue

05/24/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

A number of environmental waivers and drilling permits have been granted since President Barack Obama declared a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells. The moratorium was only designed to halt drilling of new wells, according to officials at the Department of the Interior in response to critics of the continued activity. The officials also added that some of the procedures were necessary for the safety of the wellbore.

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