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Gulf oil spill: Drilling moratorium justified, Salazar says

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar suggested he may take further action to clamp down on deep-water drilling, after a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Obama administration had over-reached its authority in imposing a moratorium.

"I will issue a new order in the coming days that eliminates any doubt that a moratorium is needed, appropriate and within our authorities,” Salazar said in a brief statement.

“The decision to impose a moratorium on deep-water drilling was and is the right decision," Salazar said.

Salazar cited evidence that BP has been unable to stop the oil gushing from its blown-out well, despite help from a federal team sent to Houston to help:

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling. That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The evidence also continues to mount that industry needs to raise the bar on blowout prevention, containment, and response planning before deepwater drilling should continue. 

“Based on this ever-growing evidence, I will issue a new order in the coming days that eliminates any doubt that a moratorium is needed, appropriate, and within our authorities.” 

It was not immediately clear what type of order Salazar had in mind.

-- Geoff Mohan

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Charlie Trig

Thank goodness for that. We should get all our oil from tankers, as they're perfectly safe and never spill... Exxon-Valdez what?

But hey, it's good for our nation's economy and security to import all our energy supplies from other nations so we're entirely dependent on their goodwill to keep our economy moving.

Thank you Salazar for showing us that making yourself dependent on other nations; and kneejerk unthinking reactions are the proper solution to a problem.

The increased energy costs, economic losses, higher unemployment, higher transportation costs, and higher prices on everything sold due to those costs are exactly what this economy needs.

Glad to see adults in charge who know inflation is the only way to help turn a recession into a depression; which I guess is the goal now.

obviously it is safe to drill for oil at those depths

Thank God for a judge that actually has a vested interest in the economic success of the Gulf Region! D.C. could care less, in fact, Obama is doing all he can to drastically compound the effects of this disaster! I smell an Agenda been pushed at the Gulf's expense!

There is great irony in Obama's Oil Spill.

So my truck started leaking oil today as I drove down I-5 near Seattle.

I called Haz-Mat and ordered the freeway closed until a mechanic could figure out why my truck was leaking oil.

Great minds think alike - Me and Obama!


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