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Obama Asks Court to Reinstate Ban on Deepwater Drilling

Posted By admin On July 7, 2010 @ 10:28 am In World News | Comments Disabled

JOHN M. BRODER
New York Times [1]
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has asked a federal court in Louisiana to reinstate the ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, saying the moratorium was a rational response to the unprecedented emergency of the BP oil spill.

In a court filing late Tuesday, the Interior Department said that the six-month ban on drilling in more than 500 feet of water, imposed in late May, was necessary to allow time to adopt stricter safety and environmental regulation of deepwater wells.

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The action has put hundreds of people who operate and service deepwater wells out of work and brought long-term uncertainty to the Gulf Coast economy. Politicians all along the coast have called the moratorium a case of federal overkill that threatens the livelihood of the region.

The moratorium was challenged in court by Hornbeck Offshore Services, a Louisiana firm that provides goods and services to offshore drilling and pumping platforms. Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of the United States District Court in New Orleans agreed with the company and on June 22 issued an order blocking implementation of the moratorium. He said the Obama administration had failed to justify the need for “a blanket, generic, indeed punitive, moratorium” on deepwater oil and gas drilling.

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[1] New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/08/us/08drill.html?src=twt&twt=nytimes

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[3] Obama loses drilling moratorium appeal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-loses-drilling-moratorium-appeal.html

[4] Judge halts Obama’s oil-drilling ban: http://www.prisonplanet.com/louisiana-court-overturns-barack-obamas-ban-on-oil-drilling-in-gulf.html

[5] Deepwater Horizon oil spill sparks calls for $10bn levy on BP and drilling ban: http://www.prisonplanet.com/deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-sparks-calls-for-10bn-levy-on-bp-and-drilling-ban.html

[6] Steele Accuses Obama of Exploiting Oil Spil For Political Gain: http://www.prisonplanet.com/steele-accuses-obama-of-exploiting-oil-spil-for-political-gain.html

[7] BP admits failing to use industry risk test at any of its deepwater wells in the US: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bp-admits-failing-to-use-industry-risk-test-at-any-of-its-deepwater-wells-in-the-us.html

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