U.S. orders environmental reviews for all deepwater 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 deepwater oil drilling without environmental reviews. The action will end the kind of exemption that allowed BP to drill its now-ruptured 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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