Gov't to issue more shallow water drilling permits

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Posted: Jun 30, 2010 12:16 PM by Breanna Biehl
Updated: Jun 30, 2010 12:17 PM
Source: AP

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Topics: drilling, permits, oil

An Interior Department official says the government is expected to issue more permits for drilling in shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The decision would not affect the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed in the aftermath of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

While drilling in shallow waters was not part of the moratorium, there has been confusion about whether new permits will be approved for shallow water leases.

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