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Aug 3, 2010 7:00 PM by Melissa Canone

Moratorium to be Lifted Ahead of Schedule

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top drilling regulator says the
Obama administration hopes to lift a freeze on deepwater drilling
well before its scheduled Nov. 30 expiration date.
Michael Bromwich, who is director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy
Management, Regulation and Enforcement, said he and Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar are gathering information to decide whether
to revise or even lift the ban, which has shut down drilling at 33
ocean wells in the wake of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bromwich said Tuesday that officials hope to feel comfortable
enough with safety improvements so the moratorium can be lifted
"significantly in advance of November 30."
Bromwich is hosting a series of public forums on the Gulf Coast
starting Wednesday in New Orleans.

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