Drilling permit decision comes after Salazar report

WASHINGTON Mon May 24, 2010 6:07pm EDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The decision on whether the Interior Department will resume issuing offshore drilling permits will be made after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sends his report on the BP oil spill to the White House, a department official told Reuters on Monday.

President Barack Obama has ordered no new offshore drilling permits be issued by the Interior Department during Salazar's 30-day review of the spill.

"All decisions (on resuming permits) will be made after he submits the report to the president," said the official, who added that Salazar was on track to send his report to Obama by this Friday.

(Reporting by Tom Doggett; Editing by David Gregorio)

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