Obama Administration Bans Offshore Oil Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico for Five Years

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


They say even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that the Obama administration will not allow offshore oil drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as part of a five-year drilling plan, reversing two key policy changes President Obama announced in late March.

In March — less than a month before the disastrous BP oil spill, Obama and Salazar foolishly announced they would open up the eastern Gulf and parts of the Atlantic, including the coast off Virginia, to new offshore oil and gas exploration. The eastern Gulf remains closed to drilling under a congressional moratorium, but the White House indicated it would press to lift the moratorium if necessary.

Drilling off Florida’s Gulf coast is banned until at least 2022 under an agreement reached by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Wednesday’s announcement is sure to please environmentalists while angering oil and gas companies as well as some lawmakers from both parties who have pressed for new offshore energy exploration in the wake of massive Gulf of Mexico spill.

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6 Responses to Obama Administration Bans Offshore Oil Drilling in Eastern Gulf of Mexico for Five Years

  1. DMason says:

    Obama done good on this. Now he can fuck up for the next year until he gets one right again sometime in late 2011. He can only do good about once a year. The rest, not so much.

  2. okjimm says:

    Whew…. it might be safe to eat the shrimp by then.
    I would like to see a new proposal for drilling in Sean Hannitty’s head though…. he has some very fossilized ideas…. maybe some are combustible. And speaking of fossils…. did you hear the one about John McCain and the Liberal hooker? He said he would like to but his Stimulus Package doesn’t work and his Wiki Leaks.

  3. fran says:

    Well since we’ve had fatal coal & oil deadly disasters, they can move on to focusing on safe nuclear energy.

    Detect a tad of sarcasm in my comment?

    Why the hell we have not embraced solar- changing building codes, to require solar elements & subsidize US mfg of solar panels?
    Also all the better mileage requirements are always set for many years after a presidents term is over.

    We can break the oil habit on may fronts, we have just been tethered to big oil.
    Coal, Oil & Nuclear energy are NOT safe or clean.

  4. Randy Arroyo says:

    Wait until the Republican majority starts putting the screws to Obama in another 6 months or so. My guess is, the president will flip-flop and reverse this decision on oil drilling. We all know Obama buckles if you shout “boo” his direction.

  5. Jolly Roger says:

    Eh…. I’m sure there are plenty of pristine areas elsewhere that they can open up for big oil.

  6. Jim says:

    Too bad O doesn’t work hard to fulfill any of his other campaign promises.

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