Offshore Drilling Moratorium Struck Down
By FITSNews || A moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has been struck down by a federal judge, forcing the administration of President Barack Obama back to the drawing board in its efforts to temporarily suspend the practice.
Obama’s Secretary of the Interior – Ken Salazar – said Tuesday that he would issue a new order that addressed the judge’s concerns.
“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.
Meanwhile, the disaster in the Gulf continues to consume both BP and the Obama administration. On Wednesday, BP named a new director of its Gulf Coast Restoration Organization – which is in charge of stopping and cleaning up the spill.
Now in its 64th day, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has pumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – with no end in sight. It is the largest oil spill in American history and has devastated the Gulf’s tourism and fishing industries.