Report to Call for Tougher Safety Requirements for Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) - An administration official says a report
ordered by President Barack Obama is expected to call for tougher
safety requirements for offshore drilling and a stronger
inspections regime.

The Interior Department report will be delivered to Obama on
Thursday and he will discuss its findings. Obama ordered the 30-day
review of offshore drilling safety procedures after the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill and said no new drilling leases would be allowed
until it was concluded and its recommendations implemented.

An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity
ahead of the release of report, said it would conclude that some
new safety protocols needed to be put into place.

Obama will travel to the Gulf on Friday.

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