10/12/2010 - The Obama administration Tuesday lifted a moratorium it had imposed on deepwater offshore oil drilling in July during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying that new rules should make drilling safe enough to resume.
While drilling isn't expected to start again immediately, the timing of the announcement — six weeks ahead of schedule and three weeks before congressional and state elections — could give Democrats a boost at the polls. The moratorium has been blamed for thousands of lost jobs in an already damaged economy and posed a potential drag on some Gulf-area Democrats' election prospects.
Marilyn Heiman, the director of the Pew Environment Group's Offshore Energy Reform Project, said her group likes the "precautionary approach" that Salazar is taking, but wants him to continue stringent oversight. In addition, she said, "This doesn't let Congress off the hook to pass strong legislation to implement these and other reforms."
Read the entire article Obama Oil-Drilling Decision Could Boost Some Democrats on the McClatchy Newspapers Web site.
The Pew Environment Group’s offshore energy reform work is now a part of Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program.