Bush lifts executive order banning offshore oil drilling Mike Rosen-Molina at 11:51 AM ET
[JURIST] US President George W. Bush issued a memorandum [presidential statement] Monday to the Secretary of the Interior, lifting an executive ban on offshore oil drilling [JURIST news archive] put in place in 1990 by then-President George H. W. Bush. Monday's action will have little practical effect because offshore drilling is still prohibited by a longstanding congressional moratorium. The limitation on the practice has been in place since 1981, and makes 85 percent of the coastal waters surrounding the US off-limits for oil drilling. On Monday, the League of Conservation Voters condemned [press release] Bush's move as a reckless temporary solution to the current oil crisis. Reuters has more. The Washington Post has additional coverage.
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