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Report: White House altered drilling ban report

4 years ago November 10, 2010 Nov 10, 2010 Wednesday, November 10 2010 Wednesday, November 10, 2010 8:44:47 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON D.C. - An inspector general says the White House edited a report about the administration's moratorium on offshore oil drilling to make it appear that scientists and experts
supported the idea of a six-month ban on new drilling.

The Interior Department's inspector general says the changes resulted "in the implication that the moratorium recommendation had been peer reviewed." 

But it hadn't been.

Still, the report said the administration did not violate federal rules because it had offered a formal apology and already publicly clarified the nature of the expert review.

The website Politico was first to report the inspector general's findings.

The Associated Press on Wednesday obtained a copy of the report, which has not been publicly released.

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