U.S. Says Offshore Drilling Vital Despite Oil Spill

The U.S. Interior Secretary said Tuesday offshore drilling was  key to meet the country’s energy needs just as lawmakers pushed forward with efforts to make big oil companies fully liable for oil spills. In Capitol Hill hearings four weeks after a drilling rig exploded and caused a massive oil spill deep in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said offshore drilling was still a necessary part of U.S. energy policy – Reuters

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