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Oil Spill: Drilling Ban Imposed in New Areas of US Coast

Posted by feww on April 30, 2010

“No additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened”

White House adviser David Axelrod told ABC TV Network that Obama administration has now banned all drilling in new areas off the US coast pending investigations into the cause of the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

In March Mr Barrack Obama relaxed a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling in the US coastal areas.

The ban was prompted by the ongoing massive 5,000bpd oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico, which has now reached the Louisiana coast and threatens to pollute other coastal states shoreline including Florida.

Birds fly over oil on the water near Breton Sound Island, on the southern most tip of the Chandeleur Islands in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Louisiana, April 29, 2010.
Credit: Greenpeace, via Reuters.

The government has since designated the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster as an “incident of national significance”T and has sent the US Navy to help prevent what could turn out to be a major ecological and economic disaster.

As reported earlier Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency and is considering to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops to help the US Coast Guard and the Navy.

The worst thing that could happen now would be a major rupture in the damaged underwater well, resulting in a humongous amount of crude oil spilled into the Gulf.

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