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Salazar: US 'strict on denying drilling permits'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama's Interior Secretary Ken Salazar confirmed that the administration has gotten "more strict on denying drilling permits" since the Deepwater Horizon, though he contended Obama is also pursuing an effective all-of-the-above energy strategy.

"Yes," Salazar answered when asked if he is "being more strict on denying drilling permits based on safety and environmental concerns" since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

"We have new sets of regulations that that have been put into place," Salazar told reporters at the National Press Club yesterday. "The permit reviews are rigourous. We make sure that any company that is going to be operating in the waters of the United States is going to be complying in the rules that we set out."

Salazar also declared that "we are now producing 13 percent more oil off of our public lands than was being produced three years ago."

The Department of Energy seems to contradict Salazar's claim. Oil production is at the same level it was in 2009 -- and dramatically lower than in 2010 -- according to a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


 

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