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. DennisK

    Now let's listen to all the Republicans whine about activist judges... (cricket chirp, cricket chirp).

    June 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Go Ahead

    Go ahead and drill without safety. When another disaster happen don't look for sympthy. It's better to be safe then sorry.

    June 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Mary

    It's a pity that those innocent bystanders of disasters must suffer the consequences of natural and man made events. We all learned early in our young years that there are just going to be times when the whole class gets punished because of the one who misbehaved. This of course is a lot more serious and long reaching in its' impact. However it is nonetheless the same ol' same ol'. Innocent people and critters are being hurt due to the carelessness of those that ought to be held accountable at every level a long the road. Oil spills do not need to happen to this magnitude and would probably have been prevented had EVERYONE who was responsible for it's prevention would have been held to accountability for their role in it. But once again crying over spilt milk will not keep the horses inside the barn (to mix a metaphor or two). Mistakes are learning opportunities. Let's pray to God that this one is learned for ever!

    June 22, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Don of Iowa

    This judge deserves to be removed from office for this rediculous stance for the Republican interests in the Gulf states. The environmental destruction here is the most devastating of any such incident in the history of our country and for any clown on the bench to take such an incident so lightly because he belongs to the 'Drill Baby Drill' crowd is a disgrace to the bench he is supposed to hold. I am sure this will be appealed and the stupidity and ignorance of this judge will be reversed but it certainly shows how in the pocket of Big Oil the judges who have been put in power in these areas are, there is little doubt that if people had been forced to go through the courts for restitution here instead of the 20 billion fund set up for them that they would be fighting for years and probably get nothing much more than a feeble sorry but no monies when it was all done.

    June 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Memo to CNN. You may want to get your reporters to check on the background on the federal judge whom made this ruling. After all only half of the fed judges in the gulf have ties, money, stock in Big Oil. Who knew that the gulf judges would rule in favor of Big Oil???

    June 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Lili, FL

    Oh no... what will Superbama do now???? Send some Chicago thugs to New Orleans??

    June 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Reagan appointed that judge more than a quarter of a century ago. Maybe he's smelled too many oil fumes on the dollars slipped under his bench – tax-free.

    June 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Get A Grip

    Good for this Judge!!!!!................I'm getting a visual of Obama and his administration getting their panties in a wad over this one and is that visual ever funny.

    June 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Thomas G Williams

    This is a tricky area of law and this JUDGE may have made a BAD CALL in this case, all of these issues are issues of compliance and regulations. They can not prove they are in compliance to drill until all their required inspections and paperwork is reviewed, AND THEY WANT THAT ISSUE TO JUST GO AWAY, they must be brought in to verified compliance with all the standards and regulations.

    June 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Gary

    This Judge made a mistake. With an unprecedented disaster, and on oversight system that has proven to be flawed. The moratorium is quite reasonable considering we are talking about 33 rigs out of more than 3500 in the Gulf.

    June 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Michael tampa

    Not a surprise here, living in New orleans we all know the judges are in the pockets of bill oil, always have been down here. Louisiana is still as corrupt as before Katrina.

    June 22, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. ST

    I do not get this at all. Even though I sympathise with those who their jobs have been halted, at the same time I think about those 11 people who lost their lives at the rig because of someone's negligence. They were also after the income. Safety comes before economy. The ban is not for forever. It is only set for a short period, inorder to rectify what went wrong. Tough measures are necessary in order to avoid another catastrophe to happen again!

    June 22, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. Rick in OP

    Thank you Judge Feldman.

    June 22, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. GL

    I bet this Judge is a Republicans and was paid off.

    June 22, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please clarify:

    I was under the impression that the $20billion PLUS the immediate availability of the $100million secured from BP was geared towardsthe relief of the victims of the oil spill. Would not then some of that money go towards compensating ALL those that have been impacted by this spill? Including those whose livelihoods depended on deepwater drilling?

    Additionally, it sounds commonsensical to me to STOP drilling. We have not been able to plug the hole from the most recent accident. Why would you want to chance having to deal with TWO OIL SPILLS?

    June 22, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Paul from Phoenix

    That's going to make the Dictator-In-Chief angry. And you don't want to see him when he is angry, cause he will walk all over the Constitution...again.

    June 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Seth

    Left against right. Black against White.

    20 plus states against U.S. (Health Care)

    U.S. against AZ.

    Coastal Businesses against U.S. Admin (way to go Judge).

    This is getting pretty ugly America.

    Vote for common sense in 2010 and 2012. We can't keep this admin!

    June 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. waheid

    The folks on the Gulf coast can't have it both ways: (1) drill, baby, drill and (2) send us more money and help to clean up the worst environmental disaster the world has ever seen.

    Until the oil industry can demonstrate that a deep-sea blowout can be controlled, the moratorium should remain in place. This was an accident waiting to happen. In the parlance of accident investigation, this incident was foreseeable, but the oil industry failed to address the problem.

    The judge - in a New Orleans court, no less - clearly was wrong and the judgement will be overturned on appeal.

    June 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Rosalie Pena Chicago

    The judge in this case has BIG OIL money, like all of the republicans.

    June 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. norma

    Fine...clean up your own oil spill and let's just hope you don't kill any more workers.....

    June 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. Republicans just dont get it!

    Does this judge or these people really not get it? or does the Guld of Mexico mean anything to these people who try to make everything about politics!

    June 22, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Stacie

    Let's get real inspectors on each of those rigs, and shut down any with major violations. We cannot allow rigs to ruin an area and kill workers, especially those with horrible safety records.

    Let's see a judge overturn that.

    June 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Moderate

    Is the judge ready to pay out of pocket for any further accidents? The moratorium is for the US Gov. to inspect present systems and for future regulation to be made. If something happens, the judge should be made to pay the bills, not the American people!

    Just for once I would like to see the Bush appointees stop pushing back and let this president work for us! He already went into the room and came out with the money! He is not a man to be triffled with!

    June 22, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. David in New Orleans

    This is BS!

    How much destruction should we have to put up with before proper regulations are put in place?

    Unfortunately, something tells me we will live to regret this one...

    June 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. chris24

    If we don't know how to stop the well,
    we shouldn't drill the well.

    Any questions?

    June 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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