Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Offshore Drilling Moratorium in Gulf of Mexico

June 22, 2010 19:30

A federal judge in New Orleans blocks Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects


In a victory for drilling proponents, a federal judge struck down President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the administration rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

The White House promised an immediate appeal. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president believes strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers “at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford.”


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