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Obama Administration Lifts Oil Drilling Ban -- Too Soon?

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Tallahassee, FL – Some say the news comes too soon as the Obama Administration decides to lift its six-month moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, Trimmel Gomes reports that those same people believe the administration is bowing to pressures from the oil industry.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the moratorium in the Gulf has been lifted because of new safety standards and the significant progress made in reducing the risk of deep water drilling. But environmentalists like Eric Draper with the Audubon of Florida says six months is not enough time to determine that oil drilling in the future is safe.

"The oil and gas industry always gets what it wants," Draper said. "It puts huge amounts of money in political campaign contributions, puts pressures on politicians and I'm sure the Obama administration was feeling that pressure."

The industry has been pushing the administration to lift the ban on grounds it has cost jobs and damaged the economy. Draper says he hopes the administration insisted on the toughest precaution possible to prevent another disaster from happening again.