Drilling ban to be lifted today
The ban on offshore drilling, could be lifted by lunchtime. The Interior Department is set to discuss the ban at a mid-day news conference. Secretary Ken Salazar will "discuss the current suspensions on deepwater drilling," the Department said in a statement to media Tuesday morning.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs suggested to a reporter during a casual press briefing earlier in the day, the ban would be lifted soon. When asked if he was saying the ban will be lifted this week, Gibbs said: "I do."
The ban is expected to be lifted as new, tighter rules are put into place. Companies trying to drill off the coast will have to prove they have the appropriate steps in place to contain a worst-case scenario.
The moratorium is set to expire, November 30th. Lawmakers in Louisiana have said the temporary ban is costing the state money, and jobs.
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