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06/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Interior Department Stalls Alaska's Offshore Drilling Expansion

WASHINGTON -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that his department will spend the next several months determining what it needs to know to make good decisions about future oil and gas leasing in the offshore Arctic.

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Salazar's announcement comes less than two weeks after he canceled planned lease sales in the Beaufort and Chukchi until environmental and oil-spill risks could be studied more thoroughly. He allowed drilling on existing leases in the Arctic waters.

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