East and West Coast leasing bans imposed for decades through spending bills lapsed in 2008 during an election season marked by record energy prices. But the BP spill is prompting calls for renewed bans. Moran also said he will seek limits on drilling off Alaska’s shores, where leasing is allowed in many areas, according to the Post.
The Interior Department imposed a temporary freeze on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP spill began, but that is expected to be lifted or relaxed soon. “The Gulf is going to go back to drilling. That's just the nature of the Gulf,” Moran said.