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Aug 23, 2010 6:00 PM by Chris Welty

Feds to Spill Commission: Drilling Ban Stays

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top federal offshore oil drilling
regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the
temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few
more months.
The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly
April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was overturned in court and
reissued on July 13.
Louisiana officials and residents have pleaded with the oil
spill commission to do something about the moratorium. The
presidential panerground Inc. Mor officials whether they had any
say in the matter and whether individual rigs could get exceptions.
The nation's top drilling regulator, Michael Bromwich, says he
will propose a replacement for the moratorium by Halloween and
leans against exceptions.

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