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White House clears way for more offshore drilling

'NOIA is headed up by Randall Luthi, formerly director of the MMS late in the administration of George W. Bush.' White House clears way for more offshore drilling By Tom Eley 09 June 2010 The Obama administration on Monday said that it would quickly issue new safety guidelines in order to expedite exploration for oil in shallow waters—even with the BP oil eruption still gushing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The new rules, to be issued by the Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS), could be put in effect today, clearing the way for dozens of new drilling operations... The administration’s decision Monday to speed up new drilling permits came only hours after the oil industry demanded it. The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA), a lobbying group of 23 offshore drilling concerns, issued a letter earlier in the day asking Obama to "provide immediate interim guidance that would allow exploration and production during the rulemaking process."