Interior Department changes report after scientists sign it

June 19, 2010

The Department of the Interior is being accused of changing a report on recommendations made by scientific experts on offshore oil drilling from the National Academy of Engineering after obtaining their signatures on the document. McClatchy Newspapers reports that the original report recommended that new exploratory drilling at depths beyond 1000 feet should be temporarily halted for six months while further research on safety is conducted. However, the final document released by the Interior Department recommended that all new drills from floating rigs be banned for 6 months. Texas oil consultant Ken Allen told McClatchy that this may actually increase the probability of more spills, as companies will be working to obtain more oil from the existing wells and that this may lead to more risky practices.

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