July 12th, 2010
01:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Sources: Government to issue new moratorium on deepwater drilling

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Interior Department will issue a new moratorium order Monday afternoon blocking deepwater oil and natural gas projects in the Gulf of Mexico, two Obama administration officials told CNN.

A previous six-month ban issued in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster was thrown out by a federal judge. Last week, a federal appeals panel rejected the government's request to overturn the lower court judge's decision.

The ban would prevent further deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until officials determine what went wrong in the April 20 explosion and fire at an oil rig that led to oil gushing into the ocean 5,000 feet below the surface.

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Updated: 2:45 p.m.

Filed under: Energy • Interior Department
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Steph

    No one should be allowed to drill at these depths unless they have a solid, proven plan to stop a leak. Period.

    Allowing people to willy, nilly drill baby drill after the CEOs of all major oil companies have now said they are not prepared to handle a disaster like the deepwater horizon is just backasswards!

    July 12, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. barbara

    the governement wont stop bringing lawsuits until they get the result that they want. shame and a waste of taxpayer money.l

    July 12, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. REG in AZ

    They all embellish, exaggerate and, as they say in advertising, ‘puff their wares’. The strong competition really makes that necessary and it is just expected. Add to that how everything is then twisted, misquoted and purposely rearranged and there simply can be valid reason not to accept anything said. It doesn’t matter what emotional appeals are used, with or without statistics, as it can simply be seen as creative garbage aimed to deceive and manipulate, to distract and to control the public.

    What does survive, that is both meaningful and important, is their completely recognizable actual character, their integrity and honesty. It would be foolish to expect any good where there is literally a lack of quality and that should be easily recognized by anyone who can be objective, rational and really honest with themselves. Today there is an actual drastic contrast that can easily be seen by anyone who wants to see it. While I don’t agree with every Obama decision, I do recognize a refreshing honesty and a conscientious effort to benefit the people and to really deal with the problems. The Republicans just don’t present that concentration and instead are obviously totally focused and organized only on their political ambitions, without conscience and at any cost, as is clearly evidenced in: the bazaar, obnoxious and irresponsible attacks by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Steele and others; then in the aggressive and arrogant criticizing and obstructing, without ever offering anything constructive, by Boehner, McConnell, Kyl and most all Republican representatives; also in the overt and covert efforts provided by their powerful and influential supporters who they serve, including the use of outspoken 3rd party groups, to deceptively sway and control public opinion; and in the ridiculous, invalid and unconscionable derogatory statements, mostly scripted as they appear on Republican websites, continually repeated by staff, volunteers and others; all of it just being a totally classless and despicable effort that offers nothing but a desire to return to ‘more of the same’, the ‘same’ that literally got us all of the problems we have.

    All of those obvious negatives should make their irresponsible self-focused identity stand out, being possibly obscured only by a viewer’s drastically biased/prejudiced blindness. No other country in the civilized free world would tolerate the current Republican gross dishonesty but here, where the ‘more for me for nothing’ mentality strongly exists, their deceptive manipulation provides them actual opportunity. After eight years of Bush-Cheney, where you could tell when Bush was lying just by checking to see if he was moving his lips, this country really can’t withstand ‘more of the same’. The real drastic difference needs to be objectively recognized and when it is understood that they are peddling garbage, then that is what they should be known as and rejected for.

    July 12, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Malty

    Obama is an idiot. The courts knocked down his last attempt to overstep his bounds. Now he is at it again.

    While he's pushing his political agenda (at the expense of Americans), he should outlaw cars: 1) They kill people, 2) Not everyone can afford them, 3) bad for the environment, 4) Did I mentioned death and injury?

    July 12, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    Really bad move......leave the drilling alone.

    somehow man just doesn't get that God truely has the upper hand on EVERYTHING....learn from the lessons.

    July 12, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. rob

    What on earth is the motivation for this? The Judge who threw out the first Moratorium said the Admin was heavy handed and deceitful in using the experts to rationalize it in the first place. Most experts say it would be more harmful in the long term to stop the projects. Especially since other countries are continuing to drill and take the oil. Not to mention the 2 BILLION the Obama Admin dontated to help Brazil drill for their off shore finds.

    I hate to say it but this Administration seems to have some other motivations for this. They have been extrodinarily slow and even blocked the clean-up efforts, and they know full well that the rigs in the gulf will pack up and go else where if they can't drill here. Thousands of lost jobs, Billions of lost tax and royalty fees collected buy the US Govt and oil all over the US Gulf Coast.

    Somebody needs to explain what the hell is going on here.

    July 12, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. dan s

    so a six month ban would not fly so they want to try an open ended "some day in the future" ban...don't think that is gonna fly either

    July 12, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Yes, go for a moratorium ... but until its, in place ... inspect the hell out of all the of the rigs in the Gulf. If no rig is allowed to operate until it is fully inspected AND brought up to the appropriate safety and operating codes, the US would have a built-in moratorium.

    July 12, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. LouisianaProud

    There are no words to discribe the Obama Administration. Obama and Salazar are totally useless. They just don't get it or more accurately, they don't want too. My family has worked in the Oil Industry since before I was born. What they just don't get, is the people who work in this industry don't just live exclusively in La. Those that work offshore also come from out of state for their 7-10-14 day hitches out in the Gulf. This Moratorium will have a far reaching effect. This spill is ablack eye on offshore drilling on an otherwise excellent record for safety for as many years the rigs have been operating in the Gulf. Compare it to coal mining accidents. I don't see a moratorium on all coal mining every time a naturally occuring methane gas build up causes an explosion when the safety monitors fails. Probably this is the safest time to drill because the companies drilling now are going to use the safest and latest equipment to make sure this doesn't happen again.

    July 12, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. David in Houston

    I sincerely hope the judges on BP's payroll don't overturn this one as well. Having safeguards in place prior to continuing is purely common sense...

    We simply cannot afford another disaster such as this to take place!

    July 12, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    They will just get another judge to set it aside again. Maybe you missed the fact that big oil has the judiciary in their back pocket.

    July 12, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The morons at the Interior Department just don't seem to get it: Destroying people's livelihoods is not an effective way of preventing oil leaks.

    July 12, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. normajean

    Is this , at last, the voice of reason in the oil drilling fiasco? How can the industry fight to continue drilling after the tremendous disaster for all concerned when the original rig blew. Until these companies can prove that they know what they are doing and how to handle another blown rig, it seems to me that cooler heads MUSTprevail. This Gulf oil spill could just be a frightening example of how bad it could REALLY get.

    July 12, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. AndyBlue

    Go Obama!

    July 12, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Robert Saboski

    I don't understand. Fed Coirts blocks ban
    Anoother Federal appeals kills request to overturn.
    Interior Dept. gets small victory.
    Why are people howling at Obama. Should he lead an armed assaultmon the Federal judges. who happen to be the most powerful branch?
    I know I am naive. Please be kind in your response.

    July 12, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. BILL, WI

    Might as well increase imports of oil by 8%. And increase the unemployment rate back up to 10%. And hope that alternative energy projects actually produce a return on the investments in the next two years, rather than the currently projected 25 year outlook.

    July 12, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. gt

    well there goes more jobs....

    July 12, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Rickster

    What part of the federal court and the federal appellate court's decision does the Obama administration not get? Obama and Holder are complete idiots. It just doesn't get any worse.

    July 12, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |