U.S. may not lift drilling moratorium earlier than deadline

09/9/2010 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Government drilling regulators gave no assurances that the deepwater-drilling moratorium will be lifted before its expiration Nov. 30. Speaking at an oil and natural gas conference in Houston, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich cited progress toward ending the moratorium. He said his agency will likely file new drilling-safety standards before Oct. 31, and touted BP's triumphs in sealing its damaged Gulf of Mexico well and cleaning up the oil.

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