May 6th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama suspends new offshore drilling project

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obama administration moved Thursday to halt a drilling project off the coast of Virginia."]New York ( - The Obama administration took the first concrete steps Thursday to make good on its pledge to halt new offshore drilling projects, suspending the approval process for new wells off of the Virginia coast.

The Minerals Management Service, part of the Interior Department and the agency charged with issuing new drilling leases, had scheduled three public hearings in Virginia this month to solicit public comment about new wells off of the state's coast.

The agency said on Thursday that these meetings are now suspended indefinitely, pending a government safety review of offshore drilling.

The process was halted "so that information from the ongoing review of outer continental shelf safety issues that the President has directed can be appropriately considered in those meetings," according to an MMS statement.

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  1. Pragmatic

    BP is not the only company involved. Halliburton, the U.S.-based oil services giant once run by former GOP vice president Dick Cheney, helped build the rig.

    I've heard but can't confirm that Halliburton was messing around with that same rig a few days before it exploded? Anyone have more information?

    May 6, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Dar

    Oh boy, we can start paying more for our gas now. The oil companies love this dork

    May 6, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    These companies care only about their all mighty dollar.
    So is our Governor ..... and his twisted interpretation of the bible.

    May 6, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Thank you Mr. President. But Salazar has gotta go and we need people without industry connections influencing policy decisions. Yes we need more domestic oil but there are better ways of getting it instead of leaving our sensitive coastlines and commercial fishing industries vulnerable.

    May 6, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Anthony Beasley

    This is the responsible thing to do. The key here is "No New Oil Drilling". People are flipping out over something that's really not anything other than common sense!

    May 6, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. billybob 'n NC

    Folks... get real; not ONE drop of oil drilled and pumped from this country goes here! Every drop goes on the WORLD market. "Drill baby drill or Drill here drill now" are fraudulent political bites that mean nothing. You want to stop paying higher prices; then break your dependence on OIL!

    May 6, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    So you think the oil companies need an excuse to screw us?
    An American Idiot (compliments of Fox media) strikes again.

    May 6, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Rob Johnson

    This is what separates Obama from Bush–the ability to change his mind based on new information.

    Anybody who isn"t seriously rethinking our dependence on oil after this catastrophic environmental disaster in the Gulf is either a shill for the Fossil Fuel Mafia, or made up their mind long ago on the subject and isn't going to let something trivial like facts get in the way.

    Another instance where reality has a "liberal bias."

    May 6, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Off-shore drilling was on suspension when President Obama said it would start in 2013 and not in 2010.

    May 6, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. t22

    A good thing he didn't run the space program, it would have been finished when the first accident happened.

    May 6, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. one voice

    Push hard for green energy and electric cars Mr. President, Make the oil companies choke on their own oil.

    May 6, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. In the West

    The conservatives need to get off their duffs and do a little research. All the oil in the Gulf would be burned up in months by US drivers. "Drill baby drill" is just a way for the rethuglicans to keep their base stirred up while they enrich themselves and their friends in the oil industry.

    Unless we stop them, the right-wing nuts will oversee the rape of our great nation until their is nothing left for our children but oppression and pollution.

    May 6, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. john in Cal

    I'd like to know why the rig didn't have the remote safety valve that was supposed to be there. Who was responsible for not having it there? I really hope that we have a complete investigation of this, and hold those folks to account. I've heard that it was under VP cheneys' energy panel that it was decided to not use the remote valve because it cost to much. If true then we have another fine mess to blame on the Bush administration. Oh boy, just what we need. Just fix the problem with all the rigs eh?

    May 6, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    President Obama cancell all the leases for drilling. These fat cat oil barons will destroy our country with these kind of spills and try and blame someone else for their greed.

    May 6, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. Maria H-Miami

    People, bottom line, President Obama opened the door to more drilling. He is in control and he could have just kept the door closed to more drilling, noone forced his hand.

    Some of us said NO, NO, to President Bush on more drilling and we also said NO, NO to President Obama. It took a catastrophe to get him to stop, well for now unless he listens to Sen. Landrieu who is very much in favor to offshore oil drilling.

    May 6, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Viewer

    I agree with the President's decision. Let the officials learn why this current situation happened before approving new oil drilling. Put safe guards in place so that nothing like this happens again.

    May 6, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  17. Oregon

    from the AP @ May 6th: "Shell Oil is ready to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer and asked a federal appeals court Thursday to rule quickly on a challenge by environmentalists concerned about the risk of a major spill after the Gulf of Mexico disaster."

    President Obama: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. Adalbert

    It is time to stop the oil cartels destruction of our environment.

    May 6, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. Last week Obama was in favor......

    of offshore drilling......this week he's against it..........did he not understand last week that this kind of thing was possible?

    No more community organizers in the White House. They are just too inexperienced and naive.

    May 6, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |

    Ask this two-faced jinny why he gave two billions dollars to one of his campaign supporters to drill offshore in Brazil. None of this oild is even scheduled to come to America. It is going every drop to China. Liar, Liar, Liar.

    May 6, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Get Real

    Well so much for Energy Independence. Get ready to pay more at the pump since they have goofed off when it comes to alternative energy sources.

    May 6, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |