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AP source: Obama extends stop on deepwater wells

AP source: Obama extends stop on deepwater wells

A White House aide says President Barack Obama will continue a moratorium on deepwater offshore drilling for six months while a presidential commission investigates the Gulf oil spill.
Obama on Thursday will also announce delays in drilling off the coasts of Alaska and cancellations of pending lease sales off the Virginia coast and in the Western Gulf.
At a midday news conference, the president will direct new standards and steps to enhance safety, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity before the event.
The announcements come after a 30-day safety review of offshore drilling conducted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at Obama's direction.