New Drilling Freeze

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday that he has plans to issue a new drilling freeze which might be refined to reflect the offshore conditions. He was speaking to a Senate subcommittee as he explained that the new order was still being developed.

This is in response to Judge Martin Feldman, a federal court judge in New Orleans overturning the six month ban imposed by the Obama administration on deepwater drilling after the April 20, 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon Oil rig located in the Gulf of Mexico.

The explosion at the BP Plc site has spewed almost 127 million gallons of oil and caused an environmental hazard of monstrous proportions. The drilling ban was imposed on May 27, 2010 during a presidential investigation in to the blast and sinking of Deepwater Horizon 40 miles off Louisiana’s coast.

The moratorium has idled 33 rigs of which five were drilling exploratory wells and 28 were in the development phase according to Senator Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska. The economic repercussions have had people clamoring for modifying the moratorium.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.


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