The government ordered a temporary halt to drilling at 33 deepwater exploration rigs Thursday,...

|By:, SA News Editor

The government ordered a temporary halt to drilling at 33 deepwater exploration rigs Thursday, part of its response to the massive BP (BP) oil spill. Unlike the six-month extension of the ban on new deepwater drilling permits, and cancellation of a much-anticipated lease sale offshore Virginia, this halt threatens to affect proven oil discoveries rather than untested areas.