Obama: No Offshore Drilling in East Coast Waters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A senior administration official told The Associated Press Wednesday that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years.

President Obama's earlier plan, announced in March, three weeks before the April BP spill, would have allowed drilling from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska.

The new plan allows drilling in Alaska, but officials said they will move cautiously before approving any leases.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico was singled out for protection by Congress in 2006 as part of a deal with Florida lawmakers that made available 8.3 million acres to oil and gas development in the east-central Gulf.


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  • by Proud Oilfield Wife Location: Quitman, MS on Dec 6, 2010 at 12:07 PM
    Obama is CRAZY!!!!! There are always accidents in every profession..planes, trains, buses, and cars crash every day,but nobody stops them from running...shutting down offshore drilling is stupid. So many people are already without jobs and yet he is trying to add to that...Those hardworking hands don't deserve the crap Obama has been giving them for the past few months..They pay alot of the taxes that is wasted by Obama handing it out to lazy people who sit at home on their butts instead of getting a JOB!!! Furthermore, when a company around here offers these offshore men a job where they only work 2 weeks out of a month and bring home $3000-$6000 a month, I am SURE alot of them would take it...These oilfield hands are not our country's problem..the problem is people who are able to work and don't because they can sit at home and have babies and get a check from OUR tax dollars!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    he sold everyone a bill of goods.. and still to this day many still are buying into the snake oil. even though in front of their eyes he and the Dem's tell you bow before us... we do as we please ... more and more all the lies and deceit is out. did anyone think or truly believe he would open up the gulf? when wks after it happened Cal that had all the bands in the world against oil out of the blue said oh you can drill here and surprise loop holes show up to allow drilling there.. and in Pepico or what ever her name is he area the unemployment went down and was re-elected. here we had enough with the trash in gov tossed them out so this area is punished. tactic Stalin used.. the SS just sent you to the western or eastern fronts... this isnt about race those that think it is are fools this is about power and the governments abuse of it
  • by Offshore wife Location: Quitman on Dec 2, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    Anonymous - Thanks for commenting, but I am an African American woman. Thank you. This aint a racial situation, that is what is wrong with so much of this country.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    i bet the oilfields wife r white thats why they said he is stupid
  • by Another Oilfield wife Location: Newton, MS on Dec 2, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    I agree... he is STUPID!!! I honestly believe that he is trying to destroy our country!!This effects not just oilfield workers, but all the service companies to the oil industry and ultimately every American who drives a car, rides a bus or taxi, or heats their home!! In other words... EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN!!!
  • by Oilfield Wife Location: Quitman on Dec 1, 2010 at 08:02 PM
    He is so stupid. Does he realize how many jobs he is putting at risk? Probally does, but he doesn't care he gets paid. God Bless the men in the oil field!
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