U.S. orders environmental reviews for all deep-water oil drilling

08/16/2010 | Google · TIME (subscription required) · Hill, The

The U.S. Interior Department said it will ban all "categorical exclusions" that permit deep-water oil drilling without environmental reviews. The action will end the kind of exemption that allowed BP to drill its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico without a thorough study of risks to the environment in the event of a spill.

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