Administration to Reverse Offshore Drilling Policy

by Matthew Shaffer

The Obama administration plans to reverse the offshore-drilling policy it had announced in March, pre-BP spill. Offshore drilling will instead continue to be severely constrained. From the Washington Post:

Obama administration officials will announce Wednesday afternoon they will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of the next five-year drilling plan, according to sources briefed on the plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.

During that announcement — less than a month before the BP oil spill — Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said they would open up the eastern Gulf and parts of the Atlantic, including off the coast of Virginia, to offshore oil and gas exploration.