August 10th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Ban on drilling unlikely to last, top energy official says

(CNN) - The man who has taken over the government agency that regulates off-shore drilling said Tuesday he can't see the Obama administration's ban on the practice "lasting longer than November 30."

"Obviously, we can't predict everything that we learn or everything that may happen in the outside world before then, but Secretary [Ken] Salazar thought that was an appropriate ending point. I see no information so far that would justify extending the moratorium... not impossible but unlikely," Michael Bromwich, the head of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (the former Minerals Management Service), said in Mobile, Alabama.

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  1. gt

    jobs,,, jobs,,,, jobs,,, put these people back to work,,,

    August 10, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    By the time of Nov. 30th 2010 every job in America related to the off shore drilling industry will be lost forever. Those rigs are alrerady getting deployed else where in the world so they can be productive. Do you think these Oil companies are going to have this very expensive equipment sit around for another few months without using it to make money? The industries with the greatest rewards in employment and profits also have the greatest risks. I never thought I see where America is looked upon as a nation afraid to take risks?

    August 10, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Gil

    The ban should be extended through to infinity!

    August 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Dano

    I would hope there will be much closer scrutiny of these wells and that companies won't continue to cut corners on safety issues to save money now that they see how much it cost BP.

    August 10, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. diridi

    Nation needs to produce more fuel-efficient cars with solid warranty. It needs to pass Energy and Climate Reform immediately and stop dependence on foreign oil.....okay.

    August 10, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Peter E

    There are some myths out there that we can solve our problem with foreign oil by drilling at home. Here are some facts you may consider: The US currently consumes about 22 million barrels a day, about 60% of which is imported. By estimates of the energy department under the Bush Jr. administration, additional domestic drilling would provide us with no more than 2-3 million barrels, and only after 10 years. In addtion, oil companies are under no obligation to sell any additional oil to us, or to set the price of oil according to domestic demand only. In fact, oil companies admit that they export as lot of domestically produced oil, and they set all their prices based on the vast international market. Hence, drilling more oil domestically will NOT result in any substantial aleviation of our imports, NOR any change in oil/gas prices. The only long term solution is in fact to alter our energy reliance to alternative energy sources and also reduce our oil consumption (do you really need to drive your SUV a mere half block away to pick up your Starbucks coffee?). But tell that to the masses who still think it's their Constitutional right to have cheap gas, way cheaper than anywhere else in the world.

    August 10, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    I'm an American! I can do whatever I want! I want my cheap gas! I want to drive around in my empty pickup truck just for the hell of it! I want oil! More oil! Drill it! Drill it! Oh, and drill it somewhere ELSE, not on MY coast line! MY coast line should stay picturesque and clean! And if there is an oil disaster, someone ELSE should pay for the clean up of the oil rig that produces the oil for my gas tank. Oh, and I want even more oil, so import it! Doesn't matter where from, or what terrorist-supporting regime my money is going to. I want more oil! I want cheap gas!

    August 10, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Key Republicans believe Democrats may attempt to use such a session to advance controversial legislation – an idea publicly rejected by Democratic leaders."

    Nah, they don't really believe it, but they'll say it loud and often and then use a twisted mockery of rational thought to claim that voting down a proposal to prevent any "lame duck" legislation...despite such legislation being 100% legal, procedurally valid and constitutional (and something the GOP would do in a heartbeat) proof of a grand conspiracy to enact all kinds of "soshulizm" after the GOP's prophesied November coup. In fact, I wouldn't be suprised if the talking point they start regurgitating is that the Dems rejecting that proposal is somehow a tacit acceptance of November defeat. You know, and while we're at it, let's ignore all the GOP's shoving of things down everyone's throats for the past 3 decades and long-established congressional procedural rules, etc.

    You want proof that these dolts live in a echo chamber full of ranted ideological screed? Just start talking facts and science at them and watch how their eyes start rolling. In fact, don't we have some video of one of their propped-up self-serving dullards today? I mean, chr-st, they're even releasing wiki articles claiming that Jesus' magic tricks disprove the theory of relativity, which is, of course, a liberal science conspiracy plot to turn people away from Christianity.

    August 10, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. fiscal responsibility

    Obama has already damaged the economy with his self-righteous, ill-advised, illegal ban. Then again, Obama is a knee-jerk president (Pragmatic? Only in a democrat's dreams). Anything to get his agenda (good or bad) passed.

    No new drilling regulations need to be written up. People, companies and government officials* just need to follow the current regulations. If they don't, they are fined or jailed.

    The government wasn't prepared–according to rules that were previously written up. They didn't have the chemicals to burn the oil off the surface, the materials to collect or the boats...

    *The Obama administration waived several regulations for BP this year.

    August 10, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Hugo

    How about letting them drill within 10 miles so if there is another blow out they can fix it? How about allocating some more funds to explore the hydrogen generator and electron gun? We are just being led along again for more of this green BS that produces nothing but about 15% of our energy needs, let's get serious about it. We are Americans, we can do! The green liberal movement and Unionization has stifled our technology and our manufacturing base, time to MOVE ON without them! Maybe Americans are getting a good taste of what it is like to be living like a third world Nation, Vote them out come 2010 and 2012 and let's put some folks in that have a clue!

    August 10, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. b. o. stinks

    justify extending it??? justify having it first because toyota had problems that killed as many they didnt stop the sales of cars

    August 10, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. America's Leadership: The-New-Three-Stooges: Obama, Pelosi, & Reid

    Just long enough to drive all the rigs to other countries and throw thousands out of work, and for WHAT?? NOTHING! These fools are so clueless it is scary. America needs to show these incompetent clowns the door in November. And in 2012, throw Obozo out on his arse.

    August 10, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. the real ib

    Should have never been in place to start with. If Obama wasn't pushing his green agenda so hard he could have relax some rules and had help cleaning up the mess before it got so bad. Again HIS agenda rules over all.

    August 10, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |