U.S. Sets Out New Guidelines On Drilling, Says Operations Can Go Forward

August 17, 2010

U.S. (ChattahBox) – The U.S. has released a new set of environmental guidelines on drilling, which will require a full environmental review for all companies. However, they have said that shallow water drilling can go on as planned.

All pending reviews of environmental risks on deepwater drilling will not allow for a blanket exemption until authorized, Business Week reports, stopping practices like those going on at BP.

Shallow water drilling, which uses safer practices than those with deepwater rigs which are at risk of blow out, may be given exemptions to these reviews, or be allowed to drill while awaiting a decision.

“In light of the increasing levels of complexity and risk, and the consequent potential environmental impacts associated with deep-water drilling, we are taking a fresh look. Our decision-making must be fully informed by an understanding of the potential environmental consequences of federal actions permitting offshore oil and gas development,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in an official statement.


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