Interior toughens up on deepwater drilling

Interior halts deepwater environmental exemptions
By ERICA WERNER
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday it is requiring environmental reviews for all new deepwater oil drilling.

That means an end, at least for now, to the kind of exemptions that allowed BP to drill its blown-out well in the Gulf with little scrutiny.

The announcement came in response to a report by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which found BP got environmental exemptions based on decades-old data.

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