May 25, 2010
Emerson Brown, NPR
TO SUSPEND OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING NEVER PUT INTO WRITING
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Shapiro also reports that Administration officials have given conflicting statements about the ban. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar inaccurately testified during a Congressional hearing on May 18, saying no new wells had been started since April 20th. Interior Spokesman Matt Lee-Ashely confirms to NPR that there was a deepwater well begun after the explosion "on a permit that was approved prior to the explosion."
The fact that the moratorium was never put into writing "is so ridiculous that it defies understanding," says government expert and professor of public service at NYU Paul Light. "It could not be more important to enforce this moratorium and make absolutely clear to the oil industry what is and is not permissible. And yet you have the execution of a critical order that appears to have been basically done through the most casual way possible under federal law."
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