White House issues second offshore drilling moratorium

Undeterred from their effort to ban all off shore drilling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the White House issued a second moratorium on deep water offshore drilling, after the federal court shot down the first one. This time, however, the new moratorium bans all offshore deep water drilling

The Obama administration’s new moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling will no longer be based on water depth.

Instead, the moratorium will apply to any deep-water floating facility with drilling activities. The original moratorium applied to those in waters of more than 500 feet.

Those new restrictions were spelled out in an Interior Department Q&A obtained Monday by The Associated Press. An official announcement is expected later Monday.

Last week, a federal appeals court rejected the government’s effort to restore its initial offshore deep-water drilling moratorium, which halted the approval of any new permits for deep-water projects and suspended drilling on the 33 exploratory wells.

So committed is the White House to banning deep water offshore drilling, they refuse to accept limitations or the authority of the court. I hope this one gets challenged as well. But then again, even if it is challenged and tossed out, the administration will try to circumvent that, too.

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