Battle over oil drilling ban

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - Tuesday's victory for the oil industry may be short lived. Tuesday afternoon, a federal judge blocked the federal government's deepwater drilling ban, but Tuesday evening came word that the Interior Department will impose a new ban. They think the judge will approve this time.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the new order will be imposed in just days, and will include additional information as to why the six month stop is needed.The moves comes after a federal judge in New Orleans, blocked the original moratorium. Judge Martin Feldman struck down the ban saying, "If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are?" "Are all airplanes a danger because one was? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed and rather overbearing."

The Obama administration believes the ban is needed to find out what happened on the deepwater horizon, so it does not happen again.

"Continuing to drill at these depths, without knowing what happened, does not make any sense," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

The White House plans to appeal the injunction, but Governor Bobby Jindal said it was lifted with just cause, and wants the federal government to let it go.

"I am asking the Federal Government, I am asking the President, I am asking the administration, I am asking Secretary Salazar, do not appeal this injunction," said Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal.

According to some companies along the coast, if the Moratorium would have been successful it would have devastated more than just the off shore oil drilling rigs. Billy Conrad manages a company called Tetra, in Cameron. They do not actually do any drilling, rather they provide services for oil companies that do drill.

"That would have directly impacted, not just our company, but mostly all the service companies along the gulf coast," said Conrad.

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