US bans offshore drilling as Deepwater Horizon slick hits land – Times Online

The US today banned all new offshore drilling as crude from the sunken Deepwater Horizon rig began lapping at the shores of sensitive marshland at the mouth of the Mississippi river.

Speaking on US television, David Axelrod, White House senior adviser, declared that no company would be allowed to proceed with exploration in new areas off the US coast until an investigation into the cause of the disaster had been completed.

He said: “No additional drilling has been authorised and none will until we find out what happened… and whether there was something unique and preventable here.”

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