October 12th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
10 years ago

Oil moratorium could be lifted soon


Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just wrapped up his morning gaggle with reporters on Tuesday where he announced that the administration is close to lifting the moratorium on off shore oil drilling.

Gibbs said there have been meetings and discussions in the last few days within the administration and he believes that the White House is "getting close to having in place something that will allow us to lift that moratorium."

When asked if he thought a decision would come within the week Gibbs responded "I do, pretty soon."

He did emphasize that the administration wants to ensure that when the moratorium is lifted a process will be put in place "in which the entities that hold permits to drill exploratory wells will have to meet a containment and worst case scenario that ensure that we in the government have confidence" that companies will be able to respond to a "catastrophe."

The administration has placed a moratorium on off shore drilling since shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is set to expire November 30.

Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • issues • White House Dispatch
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. barry

    Hopefully the oil rigs are still here so these people can get back to work. God knows they suffered enough.

    October 12, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. leftislooney

    somethng tells me the moratorium will be lifted right before the elections......the amateurs in the white house working for the clueless one are desperate and are willing to do anything to try and save their political hides......they've sent the IRS after republican donors, they put forth lies about the chamber of commerce, they have demonized just about everyone in the country, they have brought class/cultural warfare to the forefront in a shameless pathetic attempt to influence the elections .....the list goes on and on.......i hope and pray the majority of americans come to their senses, toss out the koolaid cups, and vote the loony dems, who have ALL of US poised to go over a cliff, out of office come november before its too late.....have a nice day

    October 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. diridi's brother

    okay... ok... my family very smart... ok... high education masters in law... ok....

    October 12, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I believe the moratorium should stay in place until these companies that operate deep water rigs have a plan layed out on how to prevent and how to clean up an oil spill. Also, it needs to stay in place until we find out who is ultimately responsible for the disaster in the first place.

    October 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. stufit

    Of course it never should have been imposed, but the idiot in the White House had to show the left dopers how strong he is. I ready in the ticker where one of them is encouraging him to continue to attack the Chamber of Commerce with the foreign funding thing, even the NYT says is a lie. That is the left Obozo supporters, never let the truth stand in the way of a good lie, right Dutch.

    October 12, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Delores

    The moratorium should never have happened in the first place. This idiocy cost the Gulf Coast states/residents many many many needed jobs and revenue. They needed help from the federal government, not more stupidity. This moritorium did absolutely nothing.

    October 12, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Truth

    It's amazing how an upcoming election can get an administration to make / change policy. This one needs the oil worker votes.

    October 12, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. 22 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Hey NO RUSH!! Take your time!! No problem that thousands of people have put out of work and that the rigs have left. You don't really care anyways about people being out of work. Almost 10% unemployment and the DemocRATS spend a year concocting a looney tune medical system takeover. The clueless bunch of DemocRATS think it was easy as WASTING $800 BILLION on their pet pork projects.

    This is what you get when you put an inexperienced clown that has never run anything in charge with a bunch of leftists running the Congress. DISASTER. Stop the madness! Throw them out in November. Our country's survival is counting on it.

    October 12, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. T'SAH from Virginia


    Yep – and without the far-right EXTREMIST who think they are going to run things after November!!! DON'T COUNT ON IT!!

    Because of a MORATORIUM for Safety Reasons, the HATERS still cannot see any good in President Obama!! If there was another explosion and NO MORATORIUM, then the hater will STILL see no good in President Obama – the HATE keeps coming from the far-RIGHT!!!

    DEMOCRATS – Get FIRED UP and READY to GO!!!! Yes We Can!!

    This is T'SAH From Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 12, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(real one)

    @ "22 Days...." You need to look up the definition of "Socialism" before you post again! You have no clue!

    BTW the Republicans have ALWAYS cried "Socialism!" or "Communism!" when they have nothing to offer! Republicans ALWAYS resort to ...... FEAR tactics. Pathetic!

    October 12, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Isodore

    This article does not talk about the environmental groups poised to immediately file suit and request an injunction to forestall the resumption of such drilling. Also, these groups will file suit to stop the issuance of any further permits for additional wells. Months could become years...

    October 12, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. stufthis

    I hate to see the moratorium lifted until there is an accounting of what led to the deaths of 11 oil rig workers. There needs to be safety issues addressed. However,iIf you are a right wingnut, the lives of fellow Americans is a small price to pay to keep big oil profits up. Remember the last summer of Bush and his gift to the oil companies with 4$ a gallon gas?

    October 12, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    What's not reported is that the new restrictions will make it virtually impossible to get permits to drill now. Meanwhile, Cuba is busy drilling off our coast in deeper water than the BP well!

    October 12, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Dean

    I wonder what the moratorium has accomplished other than the loss of many jobs and the loss of deep water rigs.

    October 12, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |