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  • White House Declares Halt on New Offshore Drilling

    04/30/2010 7:15:58 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 204 replies · 4,040+ views
    Aol News ^ | 30/4/10 | Doug Simpson, Lauren Frayer
    The White House said today it is halting all new offshore drilling in U.S. waters until there's an "adequate review" of a massive 600-mile wide oil slick that has begun to lap up on Louisiana's coast. The federal government is defending its response to the spill, which began with an April 20 blast on one of British Petroleum's offshore rigs that burned for two days before sinking. Rescuers saved 115 workers but 11 are presumed dead. BP is responsible for the cleanup, and it wasn't until Thursday -- nine days after the explosion -- that the White House declared it...