Drilling Ban to remain in the Eastern Gulf

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Announcement brings mixed reviews

By Ada Lang

The Obama administration's decision to continue a ban
on drilling in the federal waters of the eastern Gulf of
Mexico until 2022, in the wake of the BP oil spill, is being
greeted warmly in Cedar Key and Levy County - where
seafood production, tourism and the pristine coastline were
at risk.
U.S. Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar was
expected to make the announcement on Wednesday afternoon
and few details were known beyond reports from a senior
Obama administration official saying that the eastern

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