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IU Professor: 'U.S. Needs Time-Out For Oil Drilling'

Last updated on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

(BLOOMINGTON) - An Indiana University Professor says the U.S. needs a time-out on offshore drilling.

President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells following the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

However, recent reports indicate that federal regulators have since granted at least five environmental waivers and seven new permits for various types of drilling, including some in waters deeper than the deepwater horizon drilling site.

Professor Jim Barnes says regulators are making a big mistake by not following through on the moratorium.

Barnes, who formerly served as general counsel and deputy administrator for the environmental protection agency, says we needs to figure out what went wrong and how to prevent another environmental disaster of this magnitude.

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