June 22nd, 2010
08:44 PM ET
10 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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  1. JR

    This is about the national elected US President decision after consulting highly qualified experts and counselors, as well as his cabinet.
    It seems so estrange that one judge could act like he knows everything more than those people who has made the decision. I didn’t know that one judge, in his/her office has had such power to reverse any decision of the Federal Government whenever he/she wants too.

    June 22, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. 60s survivor

    as it should be. oil people aren't the only citizens on the gulf. besides you should have insured that every precaution was being taken. and that a plan was clearly in place and a fifth grader could understand it. after all it is your livelyhood. but the sicko money grubbers are going to fight on. I suppose they would even if their own offspring were covered in oil.

    June 22, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. MatthewDetroit

    AGAIN the left wing nuts and environmentalists win....

    The president and his cabinet are anti american and anti industry...

    They could easily left them drill 5 miles off shore which would be safer...but they wont do it.

    The policies of this white house and this congress are terrible and are ruining america.

    June 22, 2010 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  4. November

    ...and watch both unemployment and the price of gas go up...

    June 22, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. normajean

    Something I heard on the TV and then never heard a word about it again....a young man, a worker on one of the rigs said there was another rig in the Gulf that was having problems and could very well be a big problem soon. I can't believe that the people of this area want drilling to start again before this mess is cleaned up and before we are sure that if something happens again, there will be someone who knows what to do.

    June 22, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Inferior Secretary

    Stupid is as stupid does.Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest. Lets see what other notable sayings apply here.

    June 22, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  7. Dan

    Hey, I've got an idea...let's cripple an industry that is vital and a national economy that's weak. Good job Obama Administration. Keep up the good work!!!(read- we'll defeat you this fall and in two years!!)

    June 22, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  8. Leon J. Swartzentruber

    Just like the Health Care Debacle. We will do whatever we want even if we have to ram it down your throats.

    June 22, 2010 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    It is not a bad idea for the United States to wait to find out what happened with this current disaster before starting up deep water drilling. The argument will be that it will cost the United States needed jobs, however it will save taxpayers billions in clean-up costs while costing other countries billions in disaster clean-up costs that our children can't afford.

    June 23, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  10. ddt

    The President should cancel the $20 billions he had got for the people on the Gulf. There is no need to punish BP if the same people want to do the exact same thing Drilling without safety measures in place. Let the people take their cases to courts for the claims they want from BP. They can't wait for only six months let them go wait for years. You can't force BP to pay for the same mistake the very people the government wants to help are doing. Let them drill their livies for money. BP was drilling for bigger profits

    June 23, 2010 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  11. John

    All permits should be revoked for insufficient and misleading contingency plans in the event of the disastrous oil eruption that we are now witnessing. As the whole nation can see PB or any other oil/energy company didn't have a clue on what to do during this disaster.

    Force the energy companies to devise realistic contingency plans and require them to post a bond equivalent to the damage we now bear witness to.

    Once again, I ask all of you Tea Party/Budget Hawks – who should pay for this disaster? The energy companies have been running up Trillion Dollar profits in the last decade, should those profits be exempt from the restoration costs?

    The republicans spend like drunken sailors when they are in power, they totally ignore the countries infrastructure and then after all the damage is done, they want to be fiscally responsible. Who should pay?

    June 23, 2010 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. Aaron

    It smells like a rat here. The judge staying the moratorium owned, and may still own, stock in Transocean. No way he'd recuse himself if he and/or his buddies could make a buck off of the moratorium being lifted.

    June 23, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. The working class

    Instead of putting tens of thousands of oil workers out of business, how about allowing those arrogant, hypocritical congressmen who just finished grilling BP begin grilling the federal agencies and people responsible for regulating and inspecting the rigs and ensuring they're safe before approving applications to drill. Interesting how no federal agencies or people responsible for inspecting the platforms for safety are being brought in front of the same congressional committee. They must have that "diplomatic immunity" that exists inside the beltway.

    June 23, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  14. Fix the Problem first!

    While I disagree with the moratorium due to tens of thousands of people being put out of work and thus making us more dependent on foreign oil even more, I wish the good Secretary and the rest of the Federal government would put less emphasis on moratoriums and new legislation and for now, just focus on plugging that damn leak and cleaning up the Gulf. That's the first and only priority right now.

    June 23, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  15. Renea

    It makes more sense to me to halt drilling until they can find out what went wrong, People safety comes first not profit. Someone should of told bp this before the explosion even if it did cause them more money to make sure safety was no.1. Now people want this President to continue drilling even though it may not be safe to do so.

    June 23, 2010 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
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