Former Interior chiefs oppose Obama drilling ban

07/21/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Former Interior secretaries Gale Norton and Dirk Kempthorne defended the offshore-drilling policies of President George W. Bush's administration during a hearing into the department's responsibility for the Gulf of Mexico spill. Both criticized the Obama government's temporary ban on deepwater drilling. "The important thing is to address the issues, not send the drilling rigs overseas," Norton said.

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