May 24th, 2010
02:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Offshore drilling showdown looms

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="The government is under pressure to issue new permits for offshore oil drilling as early as next week."]New York ( - Despite the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the government is under pressure to issue new permits for offshore drilling as early as next week.

Permits to drill offshore were suspended last month pending an Interior Department safety review after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drill rig that left 11 workers dead and an uncapped oil well spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf.

The safety review is due this Friday, and the Obama administration will use it to help decide when and how drilling should resume.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Gil

    Shut them down!

    May 24, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Papasan in AZ

    COME ON!
    Give em' another couple of months!
    Can't believe Gov lost faith in British Petroleum!
    So what if Americans will be poisoned by cancerous petro chemicals for the next 6 decades.
    Once the Oil is in the food supply and fresh water shed we can turn to British Petroleum to take care of all the Americans dying. It's no big deal, they are the 4th largest Corporation in the World and have plenty of cash to save us from cancer, still born children, all manner of mutations due to their negligence.

    May 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Vic

    The government should be putting money into alternate fuel technologies like Solar, Wind, and electric cars. No new permits should be issued to oil companies, they should be cut off – not only because of their environmental destructiveness, but because global corporations like BP & others, undermine US sovereignty & Security.

    May 24, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  4. gt

    oh what the heck ,, every one loves $ 10. a gallon gas,,,, dont drill lets all walk.....

    May 24, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Incredulous

    Common sense says no drilling unless you can demonstrate that you have a viable plan to respond to oil spills and other foreseeable events.
    I know that cash beats common sense but I had to say it anyway.

    May 24, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. conniesz

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. No more permits should be issued until there's a plan to mandate appropriate safeguards with absolutely no way around them. Until that time, there should be a complete moratorium on new permits and a halt to any existing drilling.

    May 24, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. JonDie

    "...the government is under pressure to issue new permits for offshore drilling as early as next week."

    Under pressure from whom?

    We now know that we cannot effectively stop or control blow-outs under the sea. We are idiots if we continue to drill without such knowledge and technology.

    May 24, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Linda Hill

    I live in NC and we have the beautiful Outer Banks with, in my opinion, some of the best beaches in the world. I do not want off shore drilling anywhere near our beaches, and if money talks and the leases are given to the corrupt and greedy oil companies, I will revive my child of the 60's mentality and round up as many like minded people that I can find and will march, demonstrate and protest heartily just as we did in the 60's. I won't burn the bra, to old for that now and I have no taste for the sex and drugs, but the rock still flies! Probably will add 10 years to the aging baby boomers to have a great cause to protest again. Should be easy to round up a lot of folks now with the internet, Facebook and Twitter and most of us can use those tools quite well. I also intend to write my representative and my senators to protest also. Hopefully, they are not all bought and paid for by big oil! Look at the pictures of Lousianna and join me fellow boomers and beach and wildlife lovers of any age. Cya at the beach.

    May 24, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. A Kickin' Donkey


    No permits to be issued unless

    1.) ALL oil rig platforms in the USA are to be governed by the TOUGHEST, MOST CONSERVATIVE Workplace & Environmental Safety regulations in the WORLD.

    2.) All Permit petitioners are libel for $10 B in damages and DAILY penalties ... in the event of an oil spill .... of $50K ... again PER DAY, PER SPILL (not per well).

    3.) All wells must have a "contatinment" dome within 5 days of ship travel. These contatainment dome designs and application plans approved by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

    May 24, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. hilroy

    Pardon me, but did i hear it right?

    Haliburton is one of the companies name in the BP spill?

    Is this the Haliburton that one past VP and Obama enemy was connected to?

    The same former VP who was constantly attacking the President about a coming terror attack?

    Did I also hear that there maybe a criminal case into the spill?

    Just to show how weak he is, let us blame Barack Obama for the whole thing. It is his fault. No need for a criminal investigation by the JD

    May 24, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Independant Thinker

    More off-shore drilling?
    Evidently there's no one on this planet that knows how to stop what's happening in the Gulf and there are actually people out there that want MORE of this stuff?
    Now tell me again......what's the definition of..... "addiction?"

    I believe that if the oil were spilling into THEIR front yards or destroying THEIR economy.... their desires for further drilling off-shore would be completely different.

    May 24, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    We need to have more money spent by the oil companies in developing clean up technologies and techniques. Without that, their drive for greed will ruin us all. If the 60 minutes report and interviews were correct, then it was BP's greed and need for speed that caused this mess and the loss of 11 lives.

    May 24, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Angus McDugan

    The OBAMA OIL SPILL is not going well. I believe that because Obama put his boot on BP's throat (as Gates put it), BP has decided that they will save more money it they forget about spending big bucks on the solution and just pay out damages in court.

    May 24, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. sharon

    they better be suspended........................

    CAN PEOPLE EAT OIL???????????????????????????????

    May 24, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Dano

    President Obama do what you know is right and suspend any new permits indefinitely until the oil companies prove that they can stop the current leak and clean up the mess it's causing. Then make oil companies post multi-billion dollar bonds before any new drilling can be started and make them invest in the safety equipment necessary to prevent this from ever happening again.

    May 24, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Dale

    I say no new well licenses until the Deepwater Horizon well is capped off, the spill cleanup is done, and the safety reviews are done and recommendations implemented.

    May 24, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. ATL Guy

    Obama should stand his ground and say until you guys can prove you can prevent something like this ever happening again, no permits will be given. Who can argue with that? Well, Republicans will but at this point their are so clueless that it's unbelievable.

    May 24, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. mike

    hey I love it spill baby spill now there running around upset that
    nothing is getting done lets face it they didn't worry about it when
    they were voting did they it was drill baby drill and lets not talk
    about climate change until thats to late you see the voters only
    look at what is in front of them today not what is down the road
    tomorrow just maybe this time the same republicans that started
    this crap will take all the credit and drink some of that texas tea

    May 24, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. John in Binghamton NY

    I hear Republicans are offering up their land to be drilled on or next to. Lets take them up on that. Drill baby Drill. Drill there Drill now!!!

    May 24, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |