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Jun 23, 2010 8:09 PM by Chris Welty

Salazar Says Drilling Moratorium Could be Refined

WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says a new
order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling could be refined
to reflect offshore conditions.
Salazar told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday that he plans to
issue a new drilling freeze after a federal judge struck down a
previous ban on Tuesday. But Salazar says the new ban "might be
refined."
He says the order, which is still being developed, could include
provisions to allow drilling in areas where reserves and risks are
known rather than in exploratory reservoirs.
Salazar says the order probably will include criteria for when
the ban would be lifted.

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