June 22nd, 2010
08:44 PM ET
8 years ago

Interior Secretary says he will impose new moratorium

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday called a six-month halt on deepwater drilling "needed, appropriate and within our authorities" in announcing he will issue a new order on a moratorium just hours after a federal judge blocked such a mandate.

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," Salazar said in a statement. "That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

Salazar's statement did not give an exact date for when the new order would be imposed, saying only "in the coming days."

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Filed under: BP • Energy • Environmental policy • Ken Salazar
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  1. tom

    Waa! Waa! Obama shows more disdain for the third branch of government again. The court just said "NO", and since they don't agreee with it, they are going to ignore it. What arrogance. Its time for the States affected to just ignore the Federal Government. I mean what are they gonna do? Arrest the State of Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Lousinana, and Alabama?

    June 22, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Do What the Court Ruled On

    The Supreme Court ruled on corporations being able to make campaign contributions...Obama chided them like little children in his national address.

    A court in Louisiana rules against his moritorium on deepwater drilling and he just files another one.

    Obama swore to uphold the Constitution not re-write it every time he doesn't agree. Can't we please get this idiot impeached!

    June 22, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  3. gary

    GOOD! Perhaps the next Judge won't be one bought & paid for by the oil companies. This is too important to ignore.

    June 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. MadMen

    Who needs laws? Obama will do what ever he wants. He can push around a foreign CEO but he doesn't have the guts to fire an insubordinate General. Wow. What leadership.

    June 22, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. ib

    another stupid move by Obama & company. Hope the judge throws the book at them over this. DUMB

    June 22, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  6. Donkey Party

    The worst ecological catastrophe in the US recorded history, and a judge with oil-ties wants to keep drilling. These are the same right-wingers that whine about the debt we'll leave for our grandchildren, but they can care less about the fouled planet we leave behind, if there will still be one after they're done destroying it.

    June 22, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Lib Hunter

    Above the Law? Impeachement getting closer and closer with each passing day.

    June 22, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  8. chuck

    Please drill in shallow water where it is much safer.

    June 22, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. Don Wuerl

    Apparrently some paid-off judge believes that the environment isn't something any of us should be concerned about! Is this the judge who thought that the main ingredient in Metabolife is ok to use? Come on, people. Secretary Salazar should immediately enact a new moritorium before some more tight-fisted oil giant executive causes some other deep water rig to blowup! DON'T GET ME WRONG, GUYS(GALS)! Its okay to be frugal; however, stupid is just plain dangerous!

    June 22, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    It will be hard to get a judge like this dipstick from LA, who is deeply invested into BP to support the moratorium

    June 22, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. norma

    Halt offshore drilling until the heads of all the big oil companies say they could handle a disaster like the one we continue to experience. They all said they weren't equipped to handle an explosion and spill a mile down on the ocean floor. That's enough right their to take a break to get better technology.

    It's like a doctor saying that he has not way to handle a medical accident that could occur during surgery that produces massive bleeding, but yet you willingly sign up for that procedure. Wouldn't you want to know the procedure was safe first? Wouldn't you expect that the medical profession would have a system for stopping the bleeding?

    June 22, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Liberals are hypocrits (they want benefits without contributing to the countries financial progress)

    Obama is effectively estopped from contending that Bush and his cabinet abused the law. Obama is using political muscle to try to influence the judicial system. It goes without saying that the ruling invoked the best interests of the area affected. Obama is trying to push legislation through the courts to the detriment of the gulf coast community. Now that's an Abuse of Power.

    June 22, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    I see clear evidence every day that the federal government is composed of arrogant megalomaniacs who think that the petty tyrannies of the minor federal bureaucrats are somehow sacrosanct.

    June 22, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Ridgeway

    He's wrong of course. Throw the baby out with the bath water. How many are drilling and have been drilling with no problems? He doesn't have any idea. Just like Holder never read the Arizona law.
    This President and his cronies have done more to divide and polarize this Country than any prior administrations.
    Good news tonight. Rahm is on recordings and in emails bartering for Obama's senate seat with Blago. His daddy Hussein is in it up to his crooked Sestak bribing neck. Yeah you Obama voters did one hell of a job. " It's so cool to have a Black President." Idiots.

    June 22, 2010 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Oh, but the judge says you can' t suspend deepwater drilling. Sigh, we have lived to see our environment being made almost inhabitable, and STILL people are not seeing that we need to stop drilling until the oil companies can come up with a faster way to cap spewing wells. We could also learn to use less oil so that oil would not be needed in such large quantities.

    June 22, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  16. Jane

    Yep, put people out of work that seems to be the current administration's agenda. We have a plane crash and we don't put a halt to flying for six months this is just plain stupid. More effort to put forth cap and trade. As a Louisiana resident I can only wonder if this oil spill had been on the east coast how quickly the liberal agenda would have been to respond. Guess because we are in the south we don't count.

    June 22, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    This administration is doing everything in it's power to bankrupt America!

    June 22, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  18. ajax

    I wonder if James Carville still thinks this president cares about the citizens of Louisiana now.This president is trying to do as much damage to this country from the oil castastrope in the Gulf in order to blame BP so that he can get his agenda on energy through Congress.If he really cared he would let the oil be cleaned up from the ocean and bring in all sources to help in doing that.

    June 22, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  19. ajax

    Seems like this little airhead thinks he's found a way to circumvent the judical branch of government !!!

    June 22, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. Tam

    Please check out that judges background, friends, and finances.

    June 22, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  21. Idiots In High Places

    The moritorium is a very unnecessary, dangerous thing formed by a bunch of unnecessary politicians whose sole purpose is to drive up the price of everything that is bought by the consumers and destroy jobs in the oil industry to further their own agenda. This moritorium has nothing to do with protecting the environment. Their total lack of action proves they care not about the leak or the effects it has on the coast. Salazaar needs to back off the moritorium and spend the time and money training efficient inspectors to police the drilling, not stop it. If you have one car crash do you ban all driving? Stupid ideas abound from this bunch.

    June 22, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  22. Patty Patriot

    Why is obama and his regime trying to totally destroy Louisiana?

    June 22, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. Rob in MO

    It is extremely irresponsible to continue with drilling before we know exactly what caused the recent catastrophe. Good for Salazer.

    June 22, 2010 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. JES

    Spend money in other places and with you never wrong you will continue to lose jobs that are needed.

    You are just plain stupid along with your boss.

    June 22, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  25. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This oil problem we face is the same as the drug war. Americans don't want to give up oil and they don't want to give up drugs. We can't have it both ways and it's time we make the right decisions instead of caving in to the things that destroy us all.

    June 22, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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