Obama restores East Coast drilling ban, cites BP

December 2, 2010 07:48

 BP's oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is dead, but the political fallout is very much alive.

The Obama administration says it will not open new areas of the Atlantic seaboard and eastern Gulf of Mexico to drilling, reversing a decision to hunt for oil and gas that the president himself announced three weeks before the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history on April 20.

"We are adjusting our strategy," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday.

Salazar said the BP spill taught officials a number of lessons, "most importantly that we need to proceed with caution."

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