Less harsh drill ban to return

<p><b>WASHINGTON. </b>The Department of the Interior will reissue a deepwater oil drilling ban that was blocked by a federal judge, but will make it more flexible to possibly allow drilling in certain fields, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told lawmakers yesterday.</p>

 

WASHINGTON. The Department of the Interior will reissue a deepwater oil drilling ban that was blocked by a federal judge, but will make it more flexible to possibly allow drilling in certain fields, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told lawmakers yesterday.

 

A U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday against the six-month moratorium that President Barack Obama’s administration imposed on deepwater drilling after BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Salazar told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee the new moratorium would be adjusted where appropriate and include criteria detailing when the drilling ban will end.