December 1st, 2010
10:59 AM ET
12 years ago

Source: No new drilling in Gulf for seven years

(CNN) - A senior administration official confirms that President Obama will not be allowing new drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico for at least seven years. This is a result of the BP oil spill.

The official said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a call on this news at 1:30pm today.

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  1. Cabassla

    Well that's just great. We'll have 75% of Louisiana on unemployment & welfare. Most of southern Louisiana's businesses are oil field related. What a way to jump start the economy! This will never pass. It will bankrupt Louisiana if it goes through. I should know, I live there.

    December 1, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Shawn Acres

    What a joke. Obama's oil buddies want higher prices and here we go again!

    December 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. FreeThink

    Hopefully he only has any say in the matter for 2 more years

    December 1, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Christopher

    Punish Americans for a British Companies negligence. Great idea. What an idiot.

    December 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. slk

    This will give the Gulf marine life a chance at life.
    It will give the sceintist the window to see how much the oil has been ingested and hopefully the marine life not killed off...
    hatchings,etc. Maybe, just maybe life will recover, coporations will stop their GREEDY OILY PROFITS just for "their" CEO's bank the exspense of us all, and the marine and bird and animal life.

    December 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Really?! This seems to make almost too much straightforward sense to be believable!

    December 1, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Tanja

    Good job Mr. President!

    December 1, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Newt Hamlin

    I pray the ban is for a maximum of two years and that the new president will rescind it.

    December 1, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. T3chsupport

    Woohoo! Some sense! Did we maybe learn a lesson???

    December 1, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. spike in conshohocken pa

    Wow. How dictatorial of him.

    December 1, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Obama cut my taxes for GOOD – that`s the "Bumpersticker" !

    Democrats, take ownership for tax cuts for those making less than a quarter-of-a-million dollars per year. Don`t let the REPUBLICANS co-opt it !

    December 1, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. nynjct

    President, Obama is genius to create UNEMPLOYMENTS.

    December 1, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Obozo is certifiably INSANE. His cluelessness and blind adherence to left wing ideology over economic concerns will result in the complete destruction of the DemocRAT party. This will be but one more nail in the coffin of many DemocRATS come 2012. I again maintain that this fool and his leftist loons are the biggest danger this country has ever faced, or endured.

    December 1, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. FauxNews

    The Saudi King pulls the strings and Obama bands drilling.

    December 1, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Barry

    Big mistake. The U.S. economy will suffer because of this ban. Fossil fuels are a very big asset that the U.S. has not taken advantage of.

    December 1, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. John Q. Public

    Well, that will certainly help the already crippled economy in the region. Nice going, sir! Anything else you would care to ruin? As if there's that much left to ruin after a mere two years of this idiot...

    December 1, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. JB

    Why don't they just tell everyone "we're going socailist" and get it over with.

    December 1, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    Thank you Mr.President,and thanks also from numberless life forms that will benefit!

    December 1, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. John E.Hopkinson

    Bye Bye BP Hello tsunami of foreign oil. (Iraq?)
    What a stupid brainless decision.
    "at least seven years" of closely monitored drillsites might be more reasonable.

    December 1, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Namerocky

    Seven years is a long time the gulf drilling industry will be devastated but I think this may be a bargaining chip to deal with the GOP.

    December 1, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Deb

    Finally some common sense out of Washington in the news!

    December 1, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. LeeM

    That's going to be alittle hard for OB to do when he is only going to be in office fro 2 more years.

    December 1, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. OreoMan

    2012 cannot come anytime sooner. This President is destroying our domestic energy industry

    December 1, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. CoNTenT

    Thank god it will take all those 7 years just to clean BP oil spill

    December 1, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. John

    Obama should spend time trying to help the economy not trying to shut down a valuable industry,

    December 1, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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