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. phaedrus

    Spill, baby, spill!

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

    its becoming clear that nobody cares about what Obama wants – not even federal judges... I give him 6 more months and he steps down as president.

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

      Thanks to his policies, we may not have 6 months.

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

      He will NEVER step down, he wants to be KING!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. No Surprises

    The judge is a Reagan appointee. Reagan – the man who started the whole deregulation ball rolling. Anyone honestly surprised that this particular judge ruled this way? Hope Obama's lawyers starting working on those blue briefs as soon as they saw which judge had the case on his docket. Oh, but how the Right cries about "activist judges" when the rulings don't suit their agenda. Hello black pots!!!

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

      OH Gawd!
      Another "It's not my fault. Blame it on the previous 8 years.....No Wait! Blame it on Reagan!"
      It gets better every day!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drill baby drill

      Wow what a concept. Big oil giving millions to someone of influence.

      http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64420A20100505

      June 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MagicB

    As Bill Maher stated on his show a couple fridays ago, F#%K your jobs. It's time to persue a different career path.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David

    Are you kidding me? Another judge...bought & paid for.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Max Power

    What a shame. Government issues the permits, seems they can take them away.
    Seems pretty logical to me that if a deep water rig causes the biggest oil spill in US history that all are shut down and certified as operating properly before drilling be allowed to continue. Oh well. The oil drillers get to go back to work, while the fishermen, tour boat operators and beach related tourist providers continue to sit by and watch the oil destroy the ocean they depend on. Maybe the judge can also order the oil to stop flowing........... oh wait I forgot everyone is supposed to get together and pray for the oil to stop... yeah let me know how that goes.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KevinBob

    Too bad that a judge has to step in and stop this capitalist and private sector hater White House. Obama could care less about all the jobs he ruining with his dumb moratorium. This moratorium is just an over reaction that the dummies on the left are pushing.

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

      Let me guess:
      You're one of those people who shrug off all responsibility and point to the guy beside of you, right?
      Well, when it happens again, instead of guessing who is responsible, at least we'll know for certain.
      You, the judge and your ilk on the right.
      Drill, baby drill! And then blame the left when things go wrong even though you demanded it!
      Awesome.
      More Americans who refuse to accept responsibility for their constant mistakes. It's what makes this country so unbearable.

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

      Hey Chris,

      If this country is so unbearable, MOVE!!! What's stopping you? Oh that's right, you would have to fly or drive there and to do that you need oil. Looks like you are stuck!!! I feel sorry for you!!! I think this country is Great, besides the fact that we have a dummy in the white house.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arthur Neal O'Nymous

      Why should we have to leave? How about we fix the country so that ignorant fools like you and those you support don't cause further destruction in the name of "profit"

      June 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kat

    We use the most oil in the world, why should other companies/employees and their families pay the price for one company? So when Toyota had their problem did we stop driving all cars for 6 months?

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

      No, but Toyota knew what needed to be done you fool. And they recalled all vehicles to be fixed. Nice analogy you brainless broad.

      June 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    How fast we have gone from a administration who touted RULE OF LAW to a president who now thinks like a Stallone movie "I AM THE LAW". He called in experts and didn't listen to them and then formed a commission, dragged his feet on sitting them, which still hasn't happened, and didn't appoint any technical experts so he could get what he wanted.

    June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. guest

    If another explosion happens blame the judge and the people of Louisiana

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

      Yes Yes....but Unfortunately the party of NO will twist the facts and blame the President Obama.....

      June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Boulder Liberal and Proud of It

    Dear Judge:

    I would suggest that you set aside 30 billion dollars of your personal reserves in an escrow account to be administered by a third party. If yet another oil rig malfunctions, you should be held personally liable.

    This moratorium is highly problematic and distressing to everyone. But it would seem that you, Your Honor, have not looked out your window, as it were.

    I trust President Obama's judgement much more than I trust your judgement–or BP's judgement.

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

      Drink the Kool-Aid! Drink the Kool-Aid!
      (Like sheep to slaughter)

      June 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drill baby drill

      I'm sure you do. How much did Obama get from BP in campaign contributions? Did he just present this company with a Safety Award last year? Didn't it take him 2 months to meet with the CEO of BP after this happened? Yeah I trust O alright!

      June 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BrianTX

    This judge became an oil drenched pelican....

    June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marcia

    The prez has had 2 months to find out what happened!!!
    Wish he would be effective as a prez!

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

    Kill baby kill!

    June 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rick

    Uh oh. Obama doesn't have the power...

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