June 22nd, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Federal judge blocks drilling moratorium in Gulf

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.

"The president strongly believes, as the Department of Interior and Department of Justice argued yesterday, that continuing to drill at these depths without knowing what happened is - does not make any sense and puts the safety of those involved, potentially puts safety of those on the rigs, and the safety of the environment and the Gulf at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford right now," Gibbs said.

Read the ruling (PDF)

soundoff (522 Responses)
  1. Nick

    This judge looks like a total idiot. Some people never learn from past experience.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik1325

      Nick, you need to acquaint yourself with the facts. The lawsuit wasn't brought by oil companies, it was brought by people living in the affected areas. Of course the spill is damaging the environment and their livelihoods. But blindly shutting down all drilling would be the final blow that kills their regions' economies and without money, without populations, what attention do you think the spill will get?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      what bothers me is that other countries are continuing to drill the the gulf and get Obama wants to take the high and mighty road in order to futher damage our economy and freedoms. There is no question that BP is wrong and has acted in an irresponsible way, but the government is no better especially with a facist, socialist, progressive in power. We need to bring some sanity back to our country. If i have to gace hard choices and cut spending and save the so should the government. Those of you who think the judge was paid off are idiots at least he was standing up for the people who work in the gulf. How would you like it if you were out of a job because of an accident, then the govenment came in and made it worse by not allowing you to work?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      Yep, you are right no one learnsw from the past. We run out of oil we lose jobs, the economy won't ever recover and we hqve gas lines nd very high prices likein the early 70's and become under the control of the mid-east even more. We nedd to get alternate energy but we need our oil until something else becomes available.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrizia

      Sure and what about the people who lives off tourism? I would save their healthy jobs before saving the killing machine of the oil business!!! But than again, money talks, even if it was the people suing, the oil companies paid to have the ruling in their favor no matter what: lobbying, paying the judge, giving the money to the stupid people....

      June 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Or the judge sees a bigger picture........

      June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberal4Obama

      Big Deal, this rogue judge will get overturned on appeal, and his 5 seconds of fame will be gone

      June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      No, Obama looks like the idiot he is. When the Exxon Valdez went down did they prohibit all shipping for six months so they could review ship safety? No. When an airliner crashes, do they suddenly ground all aircraft? No. When Chernobyl and Three Mile Island happened, did they order all Nuclear plants to shut down for six months for a safety review? No. You see, an intelligent individual would order increased oversight of all areas (as has been done before) while a throrough process is applied to determining what caused the accident, so then protections can be put in place to stop it in the future. Instead, this farce of a president (not capitalized as he doesn't deserve that respect) runs like chicken little, orders everything to shut down, and then supports hearings to heap the blame all on BP (and avoid all of the errors the government agencies made). As I said, Obama is looking more like the idiot he is every day.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrizia

      Matthew, you must be a tea bagger and ignorant, fascist/socialist? Do you know what the two things mean? THEY ARE OPPOSITE!!! Please get an education and after speak...maybe

      June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      You all miss the point – the judge doesn't decide what's appropriate. He decides what is legal. See – this is why we have three branches of government. It puts a check on despotism and mob rule. The independence of the judiciary is what makes this country great – and the fact is, the permitting process has been completed for the companies ready to drill – if they want to add standards for new permits, that's fine. But you can't, for example, require a licensed driver to wait six months to drive just because someone had a wreck. DOesn't anyone believe that a $20 billion plus downside might prompt the industry to get its stuff together, at least for now? Think anyone will dare put in a non-functioning blowout preventer?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      And who is at fault if we start up these wells and another one kills 11 people and makes the entire area a dead zone for the next 100 yers? . The only thing we do know for certain is that these wells are dangerous and are not being regulated or ran safely. How many people have to die before your poltical partisanship comes to terms with the simple fact that is unreasonably risky to operate these dangerous wells unitl more is found out?

      11 dead bodies and a gulf full of dead fish and oil is the biggest "Clue" you fools are going to get. We are not talking about what if here, we know these wells are deadly and unsafe. Is the judge willing to accept liability for these wells that he thinks are ready to go? How much would that cost BP?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • South1

      Apparently YOU voted for the real idiot! The judge is the smart one here!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Austin,TX

      The judge was right. 1 spill does not mean there is an issue. BP has a reputation as reckless.
      Idiots who want to stop drilling but cry when they have to stop driving or using the computer made of petroleum products are the ones who need to get a grip. Stop using all products made from oil and we may start to listen to you. Yell loud though. Sound gets dampened in a cave...

      June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      The issue does not need to be black and white. Allow offshore drilling in shallow waters (where we can remedy an accident more effectively) and postpone deepwater drilling until we have the appropriate technology in place to cap an oil gusher at 5,000 feet below the surface, God forbid it happen again...

      June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Yeah! People you disagree with are always idiots, right?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mauro

      Great! DRILL BABY DRILL. But hey the next time don't try to demonize the oil company. If you want a demon just look in your mirror. We are a culture of either selfish pigs or moron and even both!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Swimmergal

      Thank You Lord Jesus! Take that Obama. You tried to destroy peoples lives across the Gulf Coast, and especially in Louisiana. Thank God the Judge saw how the Oil Spill that happened should not have a bearing on the existing deep water drilling rigs that have never had a problem. Again, I say, If an airplane crashes, you don't ground all other planes until you can see what caused the plane to crash. Obama was doing this as a purely political move to break the backs of Americans to force Socialism on us. We will take our country back!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grafixer

      Erik, Take your own advice and check your facts. The moratorium did not shut down all drilling.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brain69x

      Nick. You obviously have not thought this one through. We'll forgive you if you will acknowledge that past history teaches us nothing if there is no past history on deep water oil drilling.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • kayoto

      KISS up to the oil companies.OK Trace whatever you say. I now know where Americas mind is.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnny

      Exactly....we have a golden opportunity to destroy the world's oceans, we've got to jump at this opportunity. I feel bad for the people of the Gulf (I live in Tampa, btw), but we shouldn't return to drilling with hopes and dreams that this won't happen again.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      okay than all of you voting to drill baby drill, better not be on any message board complaining about the current mess. You want to keep drilling without understand what happened in this disaster? Wow then I guess the next time an airplane goes crashes and no reasons are immediately known the airlines won't need to ground similar aircraft to study what happened. Just keep flying baby fly.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      @ Ken: "When the Exxon Valdez went down did they prohibit all shipping for six months so they could review ship safety?" No but they did order that no more single hull ships could sail the US waters. All now have two hulls. Plus we knew that the drunk captain put an inexperienced pilot in charge when the captain was required to be on the bridge. Instead he was passed out in his cabin!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NickB5

      @Erik1325

      Read the ruling in the PDF link at the bottom of the article. Then please explain how this "lawsuit wasn't brought by oil companies, it was brought by people living in the affected areas." Hornbeck offshore services LLC sure sounds like an oil related company to me.

      It say's right at the top of the ruling: UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
      CIVIL ACTION, NO.10-1663 HORNBECK OFFSHORE SERVICES, L.L.C ET AL. VERSUS KENNETH LEE “KEN” SALAZAR SECTION “F” ET AL.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Seems "smaller government" translates into government allowing the people to let these companies foul their backyard. Well, it also means that they shouldn't come back to the government (or tax payers) to "take over the clean up" of the messes that their choices and businesses' greed created. And they need to decide what is more important to them, oil jobs or oily environment with all the health risks (and don't expect government to provide a program to take care of those health needs, that's not smaller government that's socialism).

      June 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • 180 Dave

      It is now clear who really runs things in this country and it's certainly not our elected officials

      June 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      I disagree with the judge's ruling for the following reasons:

      1) We STILL haven't been given a definitive answer on what caused the explosion in the first place.
      2) It's been 60 days and they still haven't been able to contain the oil spillage.
      3) The Obama Administration stated that those affected by the moratorium will be compensated by BP.

      Oh well...let them keep drilling and pray that it doesn't happen again. If it does, we can put the tab on those that agreed with the judge...and the judge himself!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I would not issue a moratorium on deep-water drilling, but why not at least start by requiring a relief well to be drilled on every new deep-water well before any oil can be removed? It's inherently dangerous activity to be sure, but it seems this way you continue obtaining domestic oil, people in the industry can continue working, and we would have stronger emergency plans in place. I understand it's a heavy additional cost, but overall worth the expense for safety... especially considering what BP is having to pay now in damages. This BP spill would have been mitigated if they had been forced to have a relief well in place some time ago.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bdm

      you guys might ask the people in florida, mississippi and louisiana who are affiliated with tourism and fishing what another spill like this one would cost them. oil isn't the only industry in this part of the world and those who think this judge did a good thing are awfully short sited. have to wonder how much money the oil/gas industry has contributed to this judge's campaigns.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • FatSean

      Just because you hitched your wagon to Big Oil doesn't mean I should have to suffer for it.

      Let these people find other work.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ike

      how can anyone be in favor of a drilling method that, IF (or more accurately, when) an accident happens, the technology doesn't even exist to fix it or stop it from destroying parts of our planet. the analogy of stopping planes from flying just because one crashes is not correct. what would be correct would be to imagine if planes required nuclear power, and a crashed plane meant a nuclear winter or a trashed portion of our planet. would the answer be just to say that they better be inspected so that they won't crash? no, you would seek an alternative way to power the planes so that IF they crashed, we don't kill humanity in the process. i guess it will take another accident, or (and this is what i fear) the realization that this spill threatens the planet and all life on it.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Based on your logic Nick, people should never board a plane again. It just may crash so air travel should be banned for 6 months after each plane crash right? We should never ever fly another space mission too, right? Or drive a car because we might get into a car accident. Just because there is one bad driver doesn't mean none of us should drive. Accidents happen. You punish those at fault, learn from mistakes and move on and be better because of it. That's how society got to where it is today. We don't live in caves anymore... but some people seem to think we should crawl back under that rock.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tall Texan

      @ Matthew: It's a dead giveaway. When you use the terms fascist, socialist or progressive, you are a repub or retard, maybe both. Before you get vocal, get educated. The $20B fund will cover wages lost by workers who are idled due to the moratorium. That has been announced and in the press; however, it may not have made the Weekly Reader or Fischer-Price News, so you may have missed it. If you had the authority to make the decision to continue deep water drilling and there was a BP-type repeat, would you be willing to take the heat? Probably not!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • StevenD

      Nick, you're just now learning that? Where have you been........I learned who runs the country over 40 years ago. And others , like my history teacher in high school, told me about deep pockets politics before the Korean War. Welcome to reality son.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deanie

      What truly amazes me are the people that are so quick to chastise the Federal Judge as an idiot, while at the same time displaying the same idiocy on their own part. Do you even stop to think for one minute that if this moratorium takes place, you will suffer indirectly. If the gulf shuts down and cannot continue drilling, the companies that transport oil and gas to your part of the country will suffer and/or shut down, the plants that manufacture the operating parts for those drilling rigs and production platforms will suffer and/or shut down, the prices of oil and gas will sky rocket, the parts in your computer depend on the oil industry, the phones you speak on, the food that you eat... should I continue? As a resident of South Louisiana, basically ground zero, I have a husband, son, step-son, father, brother and brother-in-laws who all work directly with the oil field, production and/or drilling, and we are all worried for our futures, moreover, we are sadden that we may be looking at our lives as we see it now, totally destroyed. Are you willing to pay our house mortgages, feed our children, rebuild our lives for us? I bet you are not. I live in a place (Houma, LA), where the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the entire country, because of the oilfield industry. It is sad to see all the wildlife suffering (which is what other parts of the country see, as opposed to the men and women crying), but remember, that wildlife has also been part of our lives for too many generations to count. You have no idea how devastated we are to see all of what makes Louisiana beautiful, destroyed, but more saddened to see it completely shut down by bureaucrats that would rather buy foreign oil that tap into our own resources. Would it be justified to shut down each and every mining community when there is an incident that causes 20 men to perish below the earth's surface? No it would not. Instead of fighting the Federal Judge's decision, why are there not 33 inspection crews out on each of those drilling rigs right now? Would it not be more sensible to clear each and every one of those rigs for SAFE work, as opposed to shutting them down, having them move out, and re-establish in another part of the world, possibly in an UNSAFE manner? Sounds logical to me.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      You can say what you want, but for the people who are being affected by the drilling shut down it's a gigantic relief. My husband works on a deep-water drilling rig and has for the past 17 years. It is the only means of support that we have and the only job he's ever known and because of Obama's rash decision to shut them down his rig is now headed to Congo, Africa. I agree that this was a terrible disaster, but I also know that it's possible to prevent it from happening again. With stricter regulations and more monitoring this could have been prevented and can be prevented in the future. There are thousands of people getting laid off and more to come if something isn't done. It's not just the rig workers either, it's the boats that bring them supplies, the truckers who haul those supplies, the suppliers themselves, the choppers that fly out the crews and the list just goes on. What is going to happen to those people if there's no work? Do you honestly think that BP is going to have to pay all those people? Do you honestly think that we need to be more dependent on foriegn oil than we already are?

      June 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Start the wells and do the same thing and expect a different result is insane. No other way out of it. You are advocating cutting corners on safety because of the profit involved. That is what killed 11 people, that is what destoryed the Gulf, that is the failed idiology of the Republican party.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erik1325

      Okay, but NickB5, who do you think Hornbeck (also note that it's Hornbeck ET AL – other parties, "and others") employs? A lot of those very same fishermen and/or fishermens' families work in the oil industry. I personally know shrimpers that troll nearer to rigs because fish naturally congregate nearer underwater structures – no one here wants to shut down all drilling. That being said ...
      The deep water drilling is ridiculous, unsafe, untenable. I live on the Gulf, we're in the water all week long, we have no problem with off-shore drilling as long as it's not deep water – you can't fix what you can't reach. Near shore wind farms would be great.
      But Grafixer's right – I completely missed how few rigs were shutdown in the moratorium, 'definitely my failure to understand all the facts.
      'Shutting up now.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Minaw

      Another huge reason to vote this dangerous socialist out of office !! He just can't seem to remember how he got there in the first place. Forget the broken promises just to get himself elected, I have no interest living in a socialist country if this guy hangs around.

      June 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarahwonders

      It was CORRUPTION motivated by GREED that caused this monumental catastrophe. But stunningly.... there are actually others involved who are even more disgusting than the ones who caused this disaster, the greedy oil companies & the government agencies who refused to oversee the safety of the rigs in our waters. And that would be the federal judge who blocked the moratorium, the greedy people who back this decision & the ignorant fools who really don't get it.... who, for no good sensible reason, other than maybe their brains have just short-circuited, want to continue to live on the edge of another monumental disaster while we can't even get out of the one we are in now.

      Anybody in this country who is against a moratorium on deep water drilling after they have seen the devastation we are suffering as a result of man's greed.... is either a fool, a greedy fool, corrupt or just plain ignorant.

      It is truly unfathomable at this point to hear some of these freaky idiots speaking out against a moratorium as if the environment has not been catastrophically damaged; from our food chain to our water to our land to our air to our wildlife, marine life.... for decades to come. It's as if these greed mongers are shouting...more...more...we want more of the same!

      June 22, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      If BP insisted on putting workers back on rigs that had not been made safe, they would be roasted on the news and sued by the workers families. How are the families any less guilty for wanting to resume the drilling? Has BP refitted the rgs with the cheaper ( long string ) fittings? If another incident occurs, Louisianans will have ONLY themselves to blame!

      June 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbolt89

      We are in the midst of a 70 year recession, where job creation is weak at best, and Obama wants to shut down the only viable industry keeping the Gulf economy going. The Judge is right, and Obama is turning ever opportunity into a Political stage. BP assets should be held hostage until they prove they can and will fix not only the well but also every business in the region that is affected. If they don't step up, assets are liquidated sold and money is spent where it should be.

      June 23, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • notsurprised

      Some of the reasoning (or lack thereof) here is pretty scary.

      First off, if a certain model of plane crashes, or a new model of plane crashes and if:
      a) they don't know why it crashed,
      or
      b) don't know how to prevent it from crashing again,
      they WILL ground that type of aircraft until they do know.

      1) In this case, if it happens again, they don't know how to stop it before major damage is done.
      2) In this case, this is the pretty much the same situation as a both a new and specific model of aircraft.

      (b.t.w.) If a single aircraft crashes it is infinitely unlikely it would irreparably damage
      the worlds oceans.
      The same cannot be said of another "accident" like the Deepwater Horizon.

      At this point we cannot even fully quantify the full damage, we only know that it is much,
      much more than we see, so even assigning a low risk at this time is arbitrary, negligent
      and irresponsible. (Gee, isn't that what got us all in this mess in the first place?
      What a -– coincidence)

      And you say he's seeing the big picture. It sure looks like the utter opposite to me .
      Are you really seeing the big picture and can say with certainty that another "accident"
      like this (which it wasn't, it was the result of multiple layers of negligence and irresponsibility )
      will not push the oceans past a tipping point that will result in the death of the oceans?
      Or maybe just guessing? Huh?
      Ocean life is apparently already down to only about 1/10 of what it was at the start of the
      20th century. I seriously wonder if this judge even knows that.

      You do realize that it's the oceans that keep this planet as it is, (alive) and that if the
      oceans die we will ALL follow soon after?
      (some simple organisms would probably survive but not very likely anything else)
      This is not simply a matter of a relatively low risk, (**which it cannot even be assigned in the first place)
      it's also about the extreme consequences that could result if it does happen again.

      But then maybe those of you who think the judge made a wise decision would like breathing
      poisonous air, freezing or boiling temperatures, eating dirt, mega-hurricanes and tornadoes etc.
      (at first, then things would probably get really bad)

      But then money trumps all these days including what is right and wrong.

      P.S. I like John C.'s comment, short and to the point.
      As Albert Einstein said "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again
      and expecting a different result."

      June 23, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Killbaby

      No drilling till this NATIONAL catastrophe leak is actually fixed I say. This accident is still going on. No oil bribed judges on the case either. The money for their LOCAL economy should be ripped from BP's pockets under a national security defense label. Make malfeasance expensive and suddenly the corner cutting will end.

      June 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • AvgJoe

      I think the reason the Justice department is going to get heavy with this is because of that other story quote;
      "BP had resisted approving claims by people who said they were affected by the moratorium on oil drilling, saying it was imposed by the Obama administration. But Feinberg said BP and the adminstration now have agreed those claims will be covered.

      "I now have discovered – I didn't realize this until yesterday, but the moratorium claims will fall under my jurisdiction," he told CNN.
      "/end quote.

      Which means that in essence while the investigation is underway, the riggers all are covered.
      Feds got trump here I think.

      June 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vincent

    And big oil continues getting it's way no matter what, wonder how much the judge was paid off.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The only payoff went to the new senator from Illinois.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      That was my first thought too. Who paid him and how much?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      And China and other countries continue to drill in the gulf while we don't.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paolo

      The same question could be asked of you. Want to compare your credibility with that of this federal judge?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberal4Obama

      Remember out of 60 some federald judges in the Gulf states more than half are in the pocket of Big Oil, didn't you heard the story a few weeks back that BP was trying to choose their own judge for criminal proceedings.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      Those that would lose their jobs are the one that sued. The judge is working regardless. Would you be willing to get laid off if you were in their shoes?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      "Paolo

      The same question could be asked of you. Want to compare your credibility with that of this federal judge?

      ABSOLUTELY, Yes I do.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • THERepublican

      People will peddle the same old saying if you let them: First, the chinese themselves are not drilling off the Gulf Coast. (I'm guessing these people watch Fox News) Ha! Second, there is no such thing as "American" oil. Every bit of oil that is collected goes international, and that's where we Americans buy it. Yes, it is silly that we drill, obtain, and then send it away so we can buy it back. These are facts. Try buying only american gas at the pump tomorrow, lol. Finally, it's ridiculous that oil companies/families want to keep drilling when no one can be sure it is safe. They'd rather risk being blown up or ruining their children's lives. What happened to protecting legacy and community? Something has gotta change, because people are just not thinking anymore.

      P.S. Other President's in history have responded with a moratorium as well...including Replubicans (Former President Bush Senior) Stop thinking with your politics and use your brain!

      Enjoy the Day!

      -The Repbulican

      June 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie in Austin

      The judge doesn't need to have been paid off. The moratorium was questionable at best and illegal at worst. As the saying goes "We're a nation of law, not men". Once permits are let and all the processes followed, that's it. The laws have all been followed and there would need to be a process in place to "take back" the permits, otherwise it's a 5th Amendment violation of Due Process - "... nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"

      June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • RosePetals

      @TheRepublican: I'm so glad to see there are republicans who don't blame everyone under the sky for the problems going on in America. Thank you for enlightening all the ignorant Americans. Much appreciated! 😉

      June 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert J

      Perhaps we should heed the advice of Barack Hussein Obama and stop the drilling until his blue ribbon panel of non-affected, no oil experience experts decides on what to do next. I would be all for it if
      A) any oil shipped beyond the producing coastal state is surplus to their individual needs.
      B) No Federal royalties will be paid. Each state will retain this in order to alleviate the tax burden of it's citizens.
      C) Cease all operations of the following industries immediately until which time a panel of consultants* is able to establish safety procedures:
      Automobiles- too many deaths,
      Alcohol/ Distilleries, cirrhosis of the liver deaths as well as impaired drivers killing other motorists,
      Electrical Utilities, these people must be stopped before another would be copper thief is electrocuted, as well as a fuel surcharge on a customer's bill,
      Housewares and Utensils, these folks are long overdue for a safety campaign with so many stabbings attributed to silverware
      And finally, the most egregious of all, those pesky scissors manufacturers. All across this country, mothers are constantly forced to remind their children, "Don't run with those scissors!"
      *Consultant- a man that writes a book on "How to make love to a woman 100 different ways", yet hasn't ever met one woman.
      I find it interesting how so many people can condemn an industry that supplies their demand. Such hypocrisy!
      Do all of these fossil fuel detractors live in trees, waiting until WallyWorld gets a Chinese made perpetual motion machine?
      Ban water until bho figures out why so many still drown in it!
      I live in south Louisiana and I resent these politicians furthering their own agenda at my expense.

      June 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kruse

    Does Obammie think his limo runs on water, solar, or batteries?

    June 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      It runs on failed Conservative policies, which we are just witnessing another example of...

      June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The real "failure" will get voted out in 2012.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • South

      Maybe he can strap & windmill to the roof.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      @ Dave

      And then the mayans will be proven right.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in WI

      You can always tell the rethugs\tea partiers\GOP in comments sections. They either misspell, use all CAPS, or have no grammatical skills whatsoever. Sometimes you get all three. I'm thinking that the heroic supporters of this decision do not live on the Gulf Coast, or derive their livelihood from non-oil uses of the Gulf.
      Oil workers are not being hurt because BP agreed (was not extorted) to pay the salaries of idled workers. So, no jobs are 'lost.' And to the idiot who said Obama needs to inspect the platforms, what exactly do you think the moratorium is for. Obama is all for "drill, baby, drill". Did you TPers forget the millions of acres he opened up to drilling. I could go on, but "pearls before swine" and all that.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      Those who are so anti-oil had better be walking, biking, or taking electric powered vehicles to their destinations. Otherwise, they need to close their traps – hypocrites!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom P

      racist.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Bill,

      BP has agreed to pay the salaries of the BP Idle workers, not all of the idle workers. Also, Drilling is not the only thing affected – how about the pipe makers, the valve makers, the trucking industry, the shipping industry? 70% of the economy in Louisiana and Texas depend on the oil industry. With a 6 month ban you are looking at over 100,000 jobs being lost or put on hold in both LA and TX. I am sick of the people saying that if you do not agree with Obama on every issue you must be a racist, tea bagger, ect...

      June 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kat

      "You can always tell the rethugs\tea partiers\GOP in comments sections. They either misspell, use all CAPS, or have no grammatical skills whatsoever. Sometimes you get all three. I'm thinking that the heroic supporters of this decision do not live on the Gulf Coast, or derive their livelihood from non-oil uses of the Gulf.
      Oil workers are not being hurt because BP agreed (was not extorted) to pay the salaries of idled workers. So, no jobs are 'lost.' And to the idiot who said Obama needs to inspect the platforms, what exactly do you think the moratorium is for. Obama is all for "drill, baby, drill". Did you TPers forget the millions of acres he opened up to drilling. I could go on, but "pearls before swine" and all that."

      Bill in WI...

      Since you opened the door, I suppose I'll walk through it.

      1 – I believe you may have learned in grammar school that sentences do not end in prepositions. You clearly violated this rule in the following partial sentence: "...what exactly do you think the moratorium is for."

      2 – I also believe that you likely learned in grammar school that sentences do not start with conjunctions. You clearly violated this rule in the following partial sentence: "And to the idiot who said Obama needs to inspect the platforms..."

      I suppose this means that you have no "grammatical skills whatsoever", and by your own logic, you must be a (GASP!) Republican!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      And if Obama hadn't stopped things to look into the safety of the other rigs people would have complained. It doesn't matter what he does, someone will complain because that is the new trend in America. Complain with no solutions. Bash the other side and divide this country. Sometimes I have to wonder if the terrorists aren't behind all the negativity in this country. I would rather believe that than think Americans are so ignorant they would rather divide this country than work together.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      @Joe R, those of us who think there should be a moratorium until this disaster's cause is defined do not think all drilling is bad or that we are anti-oil. We just want to be sure all measures are taken to avoid this type of disaster in the future.

      @Kruse....if Obama had done nothing you would have complained he let big oil walk all over the U.S. The administration was right in looking into the safety status of the other rigs and future rigs.

      For those of you who act like this disaster isn't your problem because you don't live in the Gulf, wake up and smell the oil. If you don't think destroying that much ecology won't affect you, then I hope you never step foot in a voting booth because you are clueless.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Drill Baby Drill...

    might as well finish what bp started. who wants an oil covered dolphin?

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I prefer mine in mustard sauce.......

      June 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Mustard? What an elitist.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      Mustard plus croutons please.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Spray

    Eat it Obama.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Yet a sign of someone who left school often.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Well that's not very nice, I'm from the South!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • word

      oops, i'm sure you meant to say america. eat it america.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom P

      grow up

      June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. markiejoe

    The oil industry must have given this judge tons of money over the years.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paolo

      And you must be in the pay of the environmental movement.

      See how that works?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • South

      How do you think Mr. Obama was elected? He accepted LARGE SUMS of money from these oil companies to help him win. This drilling ban affects more than the people from the South, if you believe otherwise, you are just as ignorant as Obama. I hope you saved your money to help you pay for that $5.00 a gallon gasoline, unless you ride horseback or a bicycle.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      Right along with the President and other politicians in D.C.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      With all the money they have paid people off with while acquiring their souls hahaha(demonic tone please) and paid in fines they could have hired intelligent people to design better methods. But that would probably require them to hire more intelligent Executives.You don't have to be smart to be rich. But it would help.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wm scot

    Geewizz folks a judge from one of the biggest oil states sides with big oil what a surprise.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hill

      The judge ruled WITH the will of the people. Now that's a story.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • zachariahs

      The will of WHICH people? The people who won/operate oil rigs or the fishermen who won't be able to work for the next 5 years...?

      June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Drill baby drill!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      and spill bay spill!

      June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrizia

      Kill baby kill: the ocean, the fish, the birds, us.... a lot of good the oil will do you after you are dead

      June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • tstorm

      Too bad "The Quitter" Palin doesn't use the BP oil disaster as a photo-op to have her picture taken next to an oil covered heron saying "This is good for America!"

      June 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drill baby drill

      Didn't Obama give BP a safety award last year? Wasn't he just singing the tune of "Drill, baby, drill" also? How long did it take him to meet with the CEO of BP? Just asking since he personally said "HE" was in charge.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe R.

      Patrizia: I take it then that you don't use any mode of transportation that uses gasoline or use anything with plastics (that most likely came from oil)? If that's not the case you're just as guilty of your own accusations. LOL!!!!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David Richmond

    Great News!!

    June 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Desperado

    The IRS wants to tax relief checks and the president qants us to suffer for 6 months while he saves face. No sir, our lively hood depends on these jobs. It's time to get off the tight rope and jusmp on the side of the american people sir. Tha is why you were elected and we are tired of the same old political game you promised not to play.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • GulfCoast

      I hope when you repubs/TKK take over the congress you don't do away with the Education Dept. Spell check is your friend.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      The needs of the MANY by FAR outweigh the wants of a few! Get a job that does not threaten our nations waters, Gulf Coast Industries, or the health of its residents!!!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      It is nonsense that you try to claim that BP is on the side of the people here. BP kills 11 people and destroys the Gulf, killing thousands of business and destorying the enviroment and the right STILL gets these sheep to stand with i big oil.
      How many people would have to die before you fools agreed to insepect wells that are known to be dangerous and improperly maintained? You will never get a bigger clue than this people.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    Is it possible to investigate the judge whether he is getting anything under the table?

    June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drill baby drill

      Is it possible to investigate if any money came under the table from BP to Obama or Goldman Sachs? I'm just asking since they were HUGE contributors to O's campaign!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GulfCoast

      Drill baby Drill

      If you did your research you would know that only in 2008 did President Obama receive the most contribution. All others are republican. But don't let facts stop you from spreading lies.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aroth

    Idiot judge. And idiot Davids.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Penny

    While I totally understand that the region in the Gulf has suffered enough, what do we know about what is going on right now and what caused it – absolutely nothing. We know that there is equipment failure and that is about it. What is there to guarantee that no more lives are lost and that livelihoods won't suffer yet again. Remember Valdez, Alaska?

    June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • RosePetals

      WORD. Finally, a comment that makes sense! Mind you, people should know that the Exxon incident was caused by human error. The captain was drunk off his ass when he hit bottom and the oil started to spill. Exxon knowingly let him remain as captain of that ship even though he had been to rehab for his alcohol issues. Ignorance is certainly not bliss, it makes people look and sound absolutely foolish!!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Actually we do know that a great deal of corruption on the part of federal employees played a big role in the disaster. We also know that part of getting the permit is certifying that if such a disaster occurs the company responsible can mitigate the damage and stop the spill in a timely manner. Some where, someone lied.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vinny

    Are we still going to continue to use oil? Unfortunately yes. So we can either drill for it ourselves or buy all of it from hostile countries in the Middle East. I say we keep drilling and just let someone more conpetent than BP handle it

    June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TC

      Drill for it or buy it...?
      All of you people who think because the oil comes out of the Gulf of Mexico it belongs to us are idiots.
      We buy all of it, all oil goes on the world market no matter where it comes from.
      Oil is a world wide commodity, that is the major fact that all of you drill baby drill people don't seem to get.
      Check the facts, doesn't matter where it is drilled it belongs to the company that drilled it and they sell it to the highest bidder on the world market.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robita

    You people who think this is a good thing can all go pour used motor oil over every meal you eat and see how long you live.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Since the Dems have blocked about all drilling, how are we to get oil?
      Can you live without using any oil at all?
      Some people are so hypocritical.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      You can go buy your can of oil at Wally World ya dumb gophead.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      And for all you oil haters– Im sure you all live in a house that is 100% green– no power coming from power companies –no oil-gas for your cars– oh yeah an im sure you have never drank from a plastic cup or ever owned any fabric made from oil– Oh yeah every time you visit a family member unless you walk or ride a horse you are using oil– Grow up tree huggers– A horrible mistake was made but until you find real answers to all the things i listed - and yes all plastics– we will need oil for quite a long time

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • John C

      Using and needing oil is not dependant on deep sea drilling, stop preteding this is the only source of oil on the planet. Can;t teh right offer any input into any problem without lieing? Yes we need oil, yes we need to drill. NO we do not need to start up these wells when the only thing we do know is they are not safe. People died. That blood is already on the oil soaked hands of the right, stop calling for more death and get on the side of the country first.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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