US ignores BP spill in study of risks due to oil exploration

Feds ignore Gulf of Mexico oil spill in study of risks associated with oil exploration
Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 6:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 2:35 PM
By Ben Raines, Press-Register

MOBILE, Alabama — Federal officials chose to exclude the Deepwater Horizon spill from an economic analysis of the risks associated with oil exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a draft document made public Tuesday.

The draft Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement was released for public comment by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Regulation and Enforcement.

The document weighs the environmental implications of continued drilling in federal waters between 2012 and 2017.

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