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Obama Administration Continues Drilling Moratorium

27
May

Obama Administration Continues Drilling Moratorium

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The Obama Administration announced they will continue the moratorium on permits for offshore oil drilling in light of what is now the largest oil spill in U.S. history. This will delay drilling in places such as Alaska, Virginia, and the Gulf of Mexico. The administration also said they would announce stricter oversight on drilling safety regulations.

This morning, reports have surfaced that the Gulf Oil Catastrophe will be larger than the Exxon Valdez spill. with an estimated 25,000 gallons spilling per day into the waters. It’s still too early to tell if the “top kill” containment methods will truly be effective. Regardless, the risk of offshore drilling has set many environmentalists, local businesses, and administration officials on edge for a solution. And, while 1Sky applauds the moratorium extension, we worry that this just postpones an inevitable continuation of offshore drilling later in the year.

1Sky initially offered our disappointment in the Obama Administration's lift on the moratorium earlier this year. Since the spill, we’ve been among the many environmental and climate groups pushing the message: “No More Drilling! Clean energy now!” 1Sky supporters, along with supporters from True Majority, have been part of our online photo petition campaign to send the message to our legislative leaders. You should join our campaign today and add your voice to the growing movement to call for a permanent ban on offshore drilling.

Meanwhile, the true effects of the oil spill are just beginning to surface. For more updates, visit 1Sky ally Gulf Restoration Network's blog.

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