June 22nd, 2010
01:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Judge blocks moratorium on deepwater drilling


 A federal judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, has blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. The federal government will appeal the ruling, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)

(CNN) - A federal judge in New Orleans, Louisiana, has blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf.

Several dozen plaintiffs had sued President Barack Obama's administration, arguing the ban would create long-term economic harm to their businesses. Obama ordered the moratorium after the April 20 explosion of an oil rig off Louisiana that killed 11 people and triggered an underwater oil gusher.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the government will immediately appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Filed under: BP • Energy • Obama administration
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. SLM

    Dictator Obama over stepping his bounds a little. Glad to see the judge set the record straight.

    June 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Jerri in NM

    honestly, what are these people thinking?

    June 22, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Pkm

    Keep drilling more oil leaks

    June 22, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. beevee

    In my opinion the judge's ruling against the administration's moratorium for six months on deep-water drilling is flat wrong. This could have given time for coming up with more inteliigent solutions in cases of accidents like the one BP had. He has taken an emotional stand in his judgement not well thought out. The oil companies who are suing the government could be drilling at allowed depths in the meantime. Could this judege be a republican?

    June 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Enough

    Good move by the judge. You don't ground all the airplanes when one crashes. Obama needs to quit making knee jerk decisions. Too bad Obama didn't accept the help offered by the Dutch 3, yes THREE days after the explosion. Takes Obama 2 months to meet with BP...yeah his naive inexperience is showing. Next time there is a crisis Obama don't refuse help offered in our time of need...certainly Obama must know by now that he can't walk on water.

    June 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. snow

    It looks like the only way to keep this nobummer idiot and his crew in check is do it in the courts. When the Arizona law is upheld that will be a good day also.

    June 22, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Boudreaux

    Thank God someone stepped in front of the idiots in Washington. Us SMALL people that run and own businesses that service the oil business would go under in 6 months. The so called claim fund might help a few employees but my best people will leave and its a trickle down effect to pipe suppliers, ect in different southern states.

    June 22, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. RandyT

    Come on CNN tell us how much campaigh money this judge got from oil companies? Easy enough for you to find out.

    June 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Sue

    Thank you judge for defending the RULE OF LAW.

    CNN should investigate and report on Petra Bras-–the oil company in Brazil started by George Soros. Obama just recently gave Petra Bras $2 billion--even though they will be drilling at depths 3x deeper than the depth that BP was drilling at during the explosion.

    You see, if Obama and George Soros are able to stop drilling here--and bring down all other oil companies--then George Soros and Petra Bras are guaranteed profits.

    Do your research CNN-–and for ONCE be real, unbiased journalists.

    June 22, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Teena

    The spill has still not been contained, oil is continuing to contaminate the gulf and the beaches, no answer has been found for the leak but let's continue to drill!
    So it seems that jobs for big oil come before anything else. Remember this after the first hurricane sends all that oil soaked water into the rest of the marshes and cities along the gulf coast.

    June 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Steven A.

    So business will continue as usual. Let business do what they want with no reguard for others and when they screw-up scream Obama and his admin should rush to fix their mess. This Country is so messed up. and Most think it's freaken great.

    June 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. GOP - Got Oil Pals

    Judge Feldman is a Reagan appointee, continuing the Republican tradition of siding with big oil against the environment.

    June 22, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Guess Obama didn't like that too much ether.

    June 22, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Candide

    Let's see. The administration lied about the experts' opinions when they added the moratorium language after the experts had signed off on the statements. Now the majority of them are crying foul. If the administration fights this, they're going to come out of it looking worse than they do now, and they are looking pretty ugly already. I hope they fall flat on their foolish faces.

    June 22, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    DId anyone doubts the outcome. FOr short tem gains, people in the Gulf will destroy the environment and the planet.

    Oil will not last forever and neither will the ecosystem once it has been destroyed.

    Pray that there will be no more "accidents"

    June 22, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Sherry

    Then the onus of further death and/or destruction should be on the judge and he/she should be held personally responsible.

    June 22, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. RAG

    Why am I not surprised that oil companies can buy a federal judge. Heck, they bought the whole Republican Party after all!

    June 22, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. ajax

    Oooh.........Mr.Obama isn't going to like this,someone actually standing up to him, Oooh beware !!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. seebofubar

    Sane people 1, Obama 0

    June 22, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. ETM

    Given what is at stake in the Gulf, I think a 6-month moratorium is per se fair and reasonable. The court is wrong.

    June 22, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. AJ

    District Judge Martin Feldman was appointed by Ronnie and is well known for his far right political views as well as politicial extreemism from the bench, is this a huge surprise? It is amazing how ALL REPUBLICANS will ALWAYs back industry over people or the environment. When it comes to morality v. money, ALL REPUBLICANS will choose money every time.

    June 22, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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