WASHINGTON, April 29 The White House defended
its offshore oil drilling plan on Thursday, in the wake of the
disastrous BP Plc (BP.L) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and
said any drilling plan would be assessed thoroughly to minimize
risk before going ahead.
"The administration's offshore oil and gas plan proposes a
thoughtful, scientifically grounded process for determining
which new areas on the outer continental shelf are appropriate
for exploration and development, and for assessing the
potential risks and benefits of development in areas that are
being explored," the White House said in a statement.
The White House said it would work closely with members of
Congress and state governors in any process to open up a new
area for offshore drilling.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, editing by Ross Colvin)