Could oil spill impact future of U.S. offshore drilling?   2010-05-08 03:59:07 FeedbackPrintRSS

Video>> Gulf oil spill: An ecological disaster

Obama to do everything "humanly possible" on oil spill

No good solutions to U.S. Gulf oil spill yet, new method considered

A boat is seen clearing up the leaked oil, which was caused by an explosion of a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, on May 5, 2010. British Petroleum (BP) executives admitted on Tuesday that good solutions are still being sought to tackle the Gulf of Mexico oil spill while U.S. officials are weighing a new method to clean up the mess with dispersant chemicals injected underwater. (Xinhua/Reuters photo)

By Matthew Rusling

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Xinhua) -- As U.S. authorities scramble to respond to the massive oil spill caused by an oil rig 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, it remains unknown whether the spill will affect future plans for offshore drilling.

One month ago, U.S. President Barack Obama called for new offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska. Since the accident, the president has reiterated his support for oil drilling off U.S. coastlines, but that view is coming under fire, and some officials have already changed their tune toward offshore drilling.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday backed out of supporting a plan to permit new offshore drilling in a controversial move applauded by environmentalists but blasted by opponents who cited the state's need for jobs.

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