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In a long-awaited move, the Obama administration today announced that it 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. This is a welcome reversal of an announcement less March – made less than a month before the disastrous Deepwater Horizon blowout – that the administration had approved new offshore drilling off of Virginia, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and both coasts of Florida. But not all of America’s coasts are safe from dirty and dangerous drilling operations.
In a refreshing change of pace, last week brought good news to the climate front! The Department of the Interior announced it had chosen the University of Arizona to lead a newly established Climate Science Center (CSC), the fourth of eight planned regional CSCs. Defenders of Wildlife was instrumental in making this a reality.
The Obama administration today lifted its moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, more than a month before the scheduled end date. Richard Charter, offshore drilling expert and senior policy advisor for Defenders of Wildlife said, “It is premature to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf. Although the increased safety and spill response requirements imposed by Interior Secretary Salazar are important, there are still no new measures in place to protect species such as endangered sea turtles and sperm whales, and imperiled bluefin tuna.”
Monday marked the beginning of white shrimp season in the Gulf of Mexico as well as an announcement from Secretary Salazar on exempting drilling operations from performing environmental reviews. Read more about how Gulf fishermen are feeling about getting back out on the water, what is being conducted to ensure seafood safety and what Defenders’ expert Richard Charter thinks about the administration’s declaration.