U.S. Interior Secy says offshore oil still needed

WASHINGTON, May 18 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told
Congress on Tuesday that the United States will still have to rely on
offshore oil drilling to meet its energy needs, despite the massive oil
spill that threatens Gulf Coast communities.

“Offshore development is a necessary part of that future,” Salazar said
at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the oil
spill, caused after a drilling rig leased by BP (BP.L: ) exploded last
month.

Salazar said that as the government evaluates new offshore areas for
potential oil development, it will conduct thorough environmental analyses,
seek public comment and carefully consider worker safety and oil spill
risks.

(Reporting by Tom Doggett and Ayesha Rascoe;
Editing by John Picinich)

U.S. Interior Secy says offshore oil still needed