June 22nd, 2010
01:57 PM ET
11 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. Josh

    Obama will destory there jobs

    June 22, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Golfambama

    Ha, love it. This clowns are clueless about the constitution and should be jailed. Mrs. doubtfire will try and spin this all he can but this will cost the gulf more than the oil spill. Why does obama hate black and white people? Have not heard that from the media yet!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Larry

    LOL. This is too stupid to even comment on.

    June 22, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. billybob 'n NC

    He is a fool!

    June 22, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    So they want to keep drilling while oil is still flooding the gulf and we don't know what happened yet to the Horizon. That is really smart of them down there. I understand they need to work but I hope they understand why there will be less sympathy for them if another accident takes place and more lives are lost.

    It was a hard decision to make but the President made this decision in the best interest of the people of the gulf.

    June 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Joe

    Well, if they resume drilling and there is another disaster, at least they can't blame in on Obama.

    June 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. BillE

    It's seems unusual to me that people would want to continue the same practices that brought on the current spill. If this law suit wins and it happens again, we'll be in big trouble. The methods for stopping and cleaning up the present spill don't exist. let alone tending another.

    June 22, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. G-O-BP or G OIL P? You decide

    If another rig blows can we impeach this judge?

    June 22, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    These workers who would be put out of business were to be compensated. Ok, so if we have another oil rig disaster, don't blame the President.

    June 22, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Living in America

    So if another well erupts don't blame the President for it.

    June 22, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Peggy - TX

    A federal judge in New Orleans (i.e. political appointee and marginally competent hack) blocks federal Mandate. No doubt, the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will reinstatete.

    It is shocking how the stupidity of the haters in this blog have absolutely no lower boundary to their scorn. Clearly the derisive comments such as calling our elected President silly disrespectful names shows just how unpatriotic they truly are and that they indeed hate, not just our elected leader, but everything good that America has come to stand for.

    June 22, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    If any one of those 33 wells (out of 4000 in the gulf) should fail because the Republican Judge lifted the moratorium, then the Judge should have to pay for the clean-up.

    Fair is fair.

    June 22, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Gil

    Let's see! We have had a banking collapse, A Wall Street collapse, and corporate colapse. Who regulated all three of these during their 8 years in the White House? Now, to show that Big Oil still controls part of our gov. the judge rules in their favor? I hope another judge shows some guts and tells Big Oil No like the Party of No seems to be doing all the time!

    June 22, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. gt

    why punish everybody for one companys mistake,,,,, ck we must inspect the rigs and then let them go back to work....

    June 22, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Heil Obummer

    Obama doesn't care about those people!He only instituted that moratorium so it would look like he's doing something about the spill,when everyone knows he ain't doing squat!

    June 22, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. thor

    I see another bribe coming out of the White House or maybe a beer summit .Yeah, that always seems to work,a beer summit that'll do. Anyone for a snow cone ?

    June 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    As it turns out, there is "the law" and right and wrong.
    The judge may have followed the law but could well have made the wrong decision for the environment, the country, if the rest of the oil industry has acted in a similarly capricious manner regarding safety.

    June 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. Rob R

    I say fine – if they want offshore drilling so bad then let them have it. BUT don't come crying to the federal government when things go wrong. You want offshore drilling – then YOU clean up the mess when the wells burst. YOU figure out how you are going to get by when the oil spill takes your business away. You want offshore drilling, then YOU deal with the consequences.

    June 22, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Mad as Hell

    The O'wise ones administration will keep the appeals coming for as long as it takes to try and further The O'wise ones agenda.
    This administration doesn't think about the snow ball effect that happens when large companies begin shutting down operations.
    They knee jerked this and the O'wise one is to arrogant to say he was wrong.

    June 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    For all those that think the oil companies should NOT be temporarily blocked from further deepwater drilling, you will please quickly board your un-inspected planes after the next airline crash that is caused by faulty equipment. If you land safely, please proceed to your rental car that is still on the lot despite a recall for steering problems, and drive quickly to your destination. If you make it, enjoy your dinner of un-inspected meats and chemically-laden vegetables. Afterall the pilots have to work, and so do the people at the rental car place, as do the waiters at the restaurant. Their jobs are infinitely more important than your health....a statement I would actually agree with, if you are stupid enough to promote more oil driling BEFORE the problems are fixed.

    June 22, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. c edgar

    Thank you Sir! This administration needs to look at the bigger
    picture and stop this tunnel vision.

    June 22, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  22. Thank You Judge

    This Judge deserves a big thanks for what he did. The buffoons in the administration do not have a clue what the heck they are doing. In the first place,second they would not know a BOP from a turnip.This disastrous moritorium will destroy thousands of jobs as well as drive up the price of everything bought due to higher fuel prices. This is the first major problem in offshore drilling, you don't shut down an industry because of it. UNLESS it fits your political agenda and you use it to promote your hare brained ideas on power(cap and tax), no matter that it does great damage to the American people. When you take away buying power of the citizens, you weaken them. Maybe the plan all along, huh?

    June 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. katiec

    I realize that the moratorium causes lack of work, but, are these people thinking about tomorrow and our environment at all?
    Can they not see the diaster that occurred with the continuation of business as usual for the oil companies?
    Until there are workable back up plans, safety procedures required, successful procedures to resolve oil spills, there must not be additional deep water drilling allowed. Greed overcame any thoughts for environment and the consequences will be with us for many years to come. We cannot let that greed continue, cannot take a chance on future diasters.

    June 22, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    So, in view of all that is happening in the Gulf, Drill Baby Drill supersedes Spill Baby Spill?

    Why am I not surprised?

    I can only assume then, that those shrills who continue to insist that Obama isn't doing enough to *stop the gusher* are really only political pundits not overly concerned about anything other than their lobbyist *don't fix what ain't* broke mentality.

    Or, perhaps they are just hoping for another catastrophe to blame on Obama . . .

    June 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. gary seery

    All about oil and the people that work oil. No one else counts in this country do they.
    That is why we're heading quickly toward the next great extinction, humans!

    When the President tries to care, he's clobbered by the me,me,me group.

    June 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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