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June 23rd, 2010
05:57 PM ET

Should deepwater offshore oil drilling be banned?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, the debate over deepwater offshore drilling is heating up.

The Obama administration is pushing back after a federal judge ruled against a six month moratorium the president put in place after the BP oil disaster.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the government will issue a new moratorium that will be less restrictive on drilling.

Salazar says that we need a "pause" on deepwater drilling.

The White House says it doesn't make sense to keep drilling at these depths without knowing what happened - that doing so puts lots of people in danger.

But not everyone agrees.

Many in the offshore oil industry, as well as local politicians, have been calling for the ban to be lifted, saying it's hurting business and throwing people out of work.

The federal judge sided with the companies which filed suit against the government saying they are suffering "irreparable harm" as a result of the moratorium.

Louisiana's Governor Bobby Jindal and Senator Mary Landrieu are asking the Obama administration not to appeal the ruling.

Landrieu, a democrat, says she would rather they find a way forward that would meet the goals of safety and responsibility without jeopardizing an entire industry.

And Texas oil executive T. Boone Pickens compares shutting down all deepwater oil rigs after the BP accident to shutting down all airlines after one plane crash.

Here’s my question to you: Should deepwater offshore oil drilling be banned?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Geri in Oklahoma writes:
No, it shouldn't even though the oil companies need to clean up their act and the Gulf. You forget, Jack, we don't have an energy policy in this country as of yet. People and politicians believe the oil will just keep gushing forth forever…. Things can change mighty fast, Jack, and the oil isn't going to last forever, it's even rumored Saudi Arabia is running low.

Terry in Illinois writes:
Jack, I do not think it should be banned but numerous changes need to take place. I work in a nuclear plant. The Three Mile Island incident in 1979 did not cause this much damage, yet the nuclear industry was required by our government to install extra backup systems, change procedures, have more oversight from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), increase number of evaluations, increase the amount of maintenance, and use conservative decision making when addressing a problem. The oil industry should be no different.

Suzanne in Kansas writes:
If we don't ban deepwater oil drilling, my fear is that years from now we will be telling our grandchildren about a time when you could swim in the ocean and could eat fish and their eyes will widen with amazement. BP and other companies have no business in the ocean. What's done is done. All we can do is clean up this mess, focus on the animals and make sure these clowns in suits never have a chance to be remorseful over their mistakes again.

Gordon in New Jersey writes:
No, but an Air Force-style "stand-down" is certainly a good idea… Where companies are operating with substandard Blow Out Preventers (like BP was) it's time to shut down those rigs down until they can be upgraded with more redundant systems. America can't afford another big leak, but neither can we afford to give up offshore oil, and our economy needs those jobs.

Emmett Smith (No, not that one!) in Mobile, Alabama writes:
Hell yes, deep water oil drilling should be banned! We simply don't have the technology yet to do it safely. Any more drilling in water more than 500 feet deep would be like playing Russian roulette.


Filed under: BP oil spill • Offshore Drilling • Oil Prices • Oil spill
soundoff (200 Responses)
  1. Al, Lawrence KS

    I cannot understand why this is even a debate. Oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and we seem powerless to stop it. We've watched endless days of deep water vehicles stumble around with pipes and caps, all of which seems completely futile. Honestly, if this wasn't such an ecological disaster, it would make great fodder for America's Funniest Videos. How could any reasonable person think that it is a good idea to drill more holes into the bottom of the ocean, without any way to shut the damn thing off.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  2. Allan, Burlington KS

    Let's drill more holes....what could possibly go wrong?

    June 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  3. JGB

    Only if the government, both state and federal are willing to remove ALL taxes they have added to our gasoline.

    June 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Doug Egbert

    Yes and while your at it ban coal mining, mining for tar sands; shut down all powerplants that use fossil fuels

    June 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  5. Herman

    Definatly not – and no more knee jerk reactions to the current spill. The government needs to do their job better and not let drilling take place where we are helpless when a catastrophy happens. Don't drill when you can't cap the well. I am still wondering how this was ever approved by our government.
    Portland, OR

    June 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  6. Marlene

    Deep off shore wells should be banned, until the oil industry devotes as much time and resources to safety as they do to deep water drilling technology. The lost lives and lost environment, business and industry aren't worth it otherwise. Marlene in Mich

    June 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  7. marcia

    The drilling should be banned on depths over 2000 feet. If this well that is gushing right now was at 2000 or less we might have a fighting chance. But in the long run you need government to make sure the wells are safe and not run by the kind of pirates that caused this disaster in the gulf. Put the mms people,bp people and the rig owners all on trial and that will probably go a long way to getting safe drilling at reasonable depths. Also anyone on other company rigs put out of work by a moratorium should be put to work by bp to clean up their mess.
    marcia
    West Virginia

    June 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  8. chris

    nope the no drilling ban is something that has hurt many by not drilling gee should we all quit drivign cause of a major accident well the answer is no we keep drivign our cars around so yes the drilling ban should and needs to be lifted

    June 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  9. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Look at it this way. They say the one sure way to stop a spill like you have is a relief well. Why not allow the drilling but tell all the Oil companies they have to have a relief well drilled at a given depth to be ready for problems before they happen. If you take that approach and enforce it you can drill everywhere and know you are ready for accidents like this.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  10. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    of course not, Jack

    the Deep Water Horizon accident was caused by a combination of multipul safety system failures and reckless operation by those that ignored numerous warning signs in an effort to save money on the completion of the well.

    the United States airline industry didn't stop flying overseas flights when TWA 800 went down off Long Island in 1996. the FAA just ordered inspections of all 747-100 aircraft and when they were found to be safe, they started flying again. the govenment just needs to inspect the remaining offshore drilling rigs to make sure they are safe and let them GET BACK TO WORK.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  11. Chris - Las Vegas

    My first reaction is stop the madness until we get the technology fixed. But then again there is that ugly stat of 10% unemployment. So we do what we always do, shot from the hip and solve the big problem, unemployment. We need to make sure these people get back to work before Big Oil takes all their marbles moves down road (or ocean).

    June 23, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  12. frank

    There are differerent types of offshore drilling. Deep water exploratory wells, yes. If they're operational, they are going to need a hell of a lot more regulations on them. Shallow work pretty well.

    The thing is, oil companies suck up oil leases and sit on them. Its not that they don't have places to drill, they just want to buy up more and more areas to lease. Then sit on them so some other oil company does not have them.

    We need to really change the way oil companies treat the environment. And its not only on shore. I used to run cattle. they'd leave bore holes open which would break legs on cattle. They're what you would call slobs.

    June 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  13. Leslie

    It should be banned until each oil company can individually demonstrate that they can drill safely
    they have tested safety plans and measures in place for life/death scenarios
    they have tested an effective environmental clean up plan in place

    they have tested and have been inspected by the government or its consultant all pertinent appurtenances including back ups associated with all connections that may be critical to the operation of the rigs under water system

    June 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  14. Tom in Austin,Tx.

    Yes, until we have more assurances( backed by real proof) from these irresponsible oil companies,but we don't have sense enough or guts enough to do it.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  15. Kathie

    Jack, have you been paying attention to the disaster created by BP in the gulf coast. there is no end to this disaster. MMS rubber stamped whatever the oil comanies wanted as well as lobbyists having secret meetings.BP cut corners to save a few dollars and still continues to lie to us about the oil disaster. Drilling must be PROVEN safe before any further drilling is allowed!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  16. Loren, Chicago

    No. If we don't do it (though qualifiedby do it right), others are going to do it and there will be another area of the economy that we've ceded to others.

    Deepwater drilling, while inhenently dangerous, can be done safely if done safely. BP was being penny wise and pound foolish and they highlighted the idiocy of their managers, rushing to finish a well that would produce for fifty years.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  17. George Fulmore

    If there is no quick way to stop oil from streaming out after a blowout occurs, then that, in itself, is a reason to disallow deep-water drilling. We use about 400 million gallons of gas per day in the U.S. A deep-water well that can provide 1 million gallons of gas per day, after refinement, is hardly the answer to our long-term energy problems. After WWII, there was talk of a converting natural gas and/or coal into gasoline. Maybe that is a better way to go than deep-water drilling. If it is mainly about jobs, let's take those jobs in other directions to solve our energy needs.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  18. Missy M.

    No. It should not be banned but there should be incentives for making the process safer.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  19. Lori in Central Ohio

    Yes it should be banned forever and ever, amen.

    We could use natural gas, biodiesel and enthanol (from switchgrass not corn) as we transition from using petrochemicals.

    Henry Ford originally planned for his cars to run on oil from hemp - there is no reason not to go back to that. Hemp is easy to grow and can also be used to produce paper and cloth as well as oil.

    We must wean ourselves from ecologically expensive petro-plastics - they will be the death of all if we do not.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  20. david from herndon, va

    Yes until we've had a chance to "reboot" government oversight of drilling.

    Isn't it odd that people expect Obama to fix the problem but they fight him every step of the way as he's doing it?

    June 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  21. Philip a Canadian Observer

    Nope, unless it is off my deepwater coast, I just want the oil, but not the mess.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  22. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    At present it should be banned. Obama’s actions here are the first thing he has done right. The oil companies need to give absolute proof that they can make deepwater drilling safe. Until then it needs to stay in limbo.

    It’s sad that so many people’s livelihoods have been put on hold, but they destroyed a way of life for thousands and thousands of other people indefinitely. Suppose they continue to destroy the fishing industry, which is more important? We can still get where we want to go even if gas is $10 per gallon (it will be at some point anyway), but if there are no fish left, that severely limits our diet. Besides, Gulf Shrimp are the best. They beat the crap out of those lousy tasteless Taiwan shrimp farm shrimp.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  23. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Well, Obama has put a stop to Our Health Care system as we know it, he might as well kill the oil industry too while he's at it.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  24. katiec Pekin, IL

    Yes, yes, yes!
    Until all oil companies can prove they have workable back up plans, acceptable safety precautions and the ability to handle oil spills, they should not be allowed to proceed with deep drilling.
    Granted, people are going to be out of work, but what this BP diaster has done to our environment will be a devastation that will continue for years.
    This is not the time for politics. This is not the time for greed over survival. . This is not the time for a me first attitude.
    This is a time for precautions to ensure this never happens again.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  25. honest john in vermont

    I do think a complete 6 month moratorium is a knee jerk reaction and is overkill. OTOH we don't want another unsafe well like BP's Deepwater Horizon going off the reservation and spewing millions of gallons/barrels into the ocean. The deeper wells should be inspected and put back on line once approved. This should not take 6 full months. Much as I may not like the big oil companies I do think most of them want to do a safe job and the last thing they want is another disaster. Safety first but lets not drag our feet.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  26. Suzanne Katifedenios

    If we don't ban deepwater oil drilling my fear is that years from now we will be telling our grandchildren about a time when you could swim in the ocean and could eat fish and their eyes will widen with amazement. BP and other companies have no business in the ocean, whats done is done all we can do is clean up this mess, focus on the animals and make sure these clowns in suits never have a chance to be remorseful over their mistakes again.

    Roeland Park, Kansas

    June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  27. Gordon NJ

    No, but an Air Force-style "stand-down" is certainly a good idea. The US Air Force has ordered stand downs several times after accidents revealed systemic problems. On drilling projects where everyone is full speed ahead, now would be a good time to back off the pressure and review safety systems, equipment and procedures. Where companies are operating with substandard Blow Out Preventers, like BP was, it's time to shut down those rigs down until they can be upgraded with more redundant systems. America can't afford another big leak, but neither can we afford to give up offshore oil, and our economy needs those jobs.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  28. Simon/Orlando

    Absolutely not. We need oil to drive this economy. Drill baby drill!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  29. Paul, Canada

    Of course it should be because its obvious we are unable to deal with leaks so far underground. But oil is a different beast, our entire economy is completely dependent on it and reserves elsewhere are running low. There is little choice as clean energy technology is too far away from being mainstream yet, so I guess we'll just have to implement tighter standards and hope for the best.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  30. Ann from Charleston SC

    Absolutely deepwater offshore drilling should be banned until such time as a way to control a disaster is found and everyone involved has a plan and the necessary equipment available to stop it. We cannot allow our environment to endure such destruction again.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  31. Kirk Neuman (Apple Valley, MN)

    Until oil companies can show conclusively that they can control something like what has happened with Deepwater Explorer, then you bet your ass that it should be banned!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  32. pat in michigan

    No ,but there need to be plans and resources on site for each well drilled at all times to respond to this kind of accident.
    Rules and standards as well.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  33. Maria

    The moratorium should be upheld by the 5th Dist Court ASAP. How can a judge be allowed to rule in favor of lifting the ban when he has such ties to big oil? Look at the mess BP has just today, with broken containment cap and more oil than before pouring into the Gulf! How can deepwater drilling continue at this moment...and perhaps for many years to come, if at all, when we can't contain one accident?

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    June 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  34. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Jobs for Gulf fishermen may have been disrupted but there is no point jeopardizing jobs for oil industry workers too. A failsafe system to prevent blowouts has to be designed quickly. With all the incentive to come up with oil cleanup methods after the Gulf spill you would think that petroleum industry engineers would already have designs on the drawingboard. In the movie "Giant" James Dean didn't seem to have a problem with a blowout on his rig. He got rich from it.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  35. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, not only NO, but hell NO! The companies out there drilling have been alerted, and they know now that a mistake will COST them big time. If they aren't going over their drilling projects with a fine tooth comb for any and all safety issues, shame on them. If we ever want energy independence, we must drill in the near term. Stopping the drilling kills jobs, forces the country to import more foreign oil, drives energy costs up, and drives another nail in the coffin of death for this country. They know what BP did wrong for the most part, and this "commission report" is a farce, because the commission is preloaded with "stop drilling fanatics", so knock off the hysteria, and DRILL!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  36. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    No, but it should be slowed until they are sure that this accident was due to not following the rules – and that they are sure that they can plug these holes in a pinch.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  37. Kevin - CA

    Without reliable equipment and viable spill containment plans, no drilling should be done on land or water.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  38. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, it's clear that when oil companies planned for a "worst-case" scenario, they talked about Democrats taking control of the government, not a deep water well problem. I support President Obama's 6 month ban, which gives the oil companies time to come up with a plan for just such an emergency. That said, I believe we should get back to drilling as soon as the oil companies show they have plans to prevent or handle such a spill.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  39. K

    When are people going to wake up. Of course off shore drilling should be banned. The environment destroyed, people out of work, years and years for things to maybe come back, loss of life of people & animals and health concerns,seafood uneatable. We can do better. If you love this country and its people and their way of life and protecting this planet for the environmental concerns or as a Religious person protecting God's creation- then wake up. We need to rethink and stop this greeedy & evil thing that is done for money and destroying us.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  40. Geri

    No it shouldn't even though the oil companies need to clean up their act and The Gulf. You forget Jack, we don't have an energy policy in this country as yet. People and politicians believe the oil will just keep gushing forth forever.

    I was raised in an area of California where the biggest oil strike was discovered to date in 1946. The oil from this strike was expected to last 50 years. No one at the time recognized how much demand for oil would increase, they hadn't begun to make everything out of plastic yet. Within 12 years they began sending the production and drilling crews to other places throughout the world, within 18 years the oil company sold their offices there to a non-profit organization who distributed food and supplies to disaster areas. Things can change mighty fast Jack and the oil isn't going to last forever, it's even rumored Saudi Arabia is running low.

    Geri, Mead, OK

    June 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  41. Don McGregor

    It should be banned for BP only (ex relief wells) until the investigation of this disaster is complete and after new safety measures are in place to prevent a recurrence. The industry should still have their feet held to the fire to develop a very robust contingent plan and the necessary tools to deal with the type of spill currently being poorly dealt with.

    Don from Toronto

    June 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  42. Ron Lambert

    Jack,

    Deepwater drilling is a terrible solution to our energy problems, however we have few established alternatives at the moment. with no other readily available source of energy, offshore drilling no matter the depth cannot be stopped. That having been said, I feel strongly that the United States should persue alternative energy sources and revamp our distribution grids so that we are efficent.

    How to pay for this you ask? By implementing a $20 per barrel tax on all oil produced within the united states and our coastal waters. This will raise the price of gas, and make alternative energy more attractive.

    Ron
    Miami FL.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  43. Stephanie

    sorry that all those people who work on the rigs would lose their jobs, but i think obama is right. now is the time, based on the disaster in the gulf that we should focus on other ways to create the energy we need. the gulf and all that that includes, is screwed for years to come. so, so sad. we in pennsylvania get in our suv's each day and drive around, meanwhile the folks and the wildlife in the gulf, once again, take the brunt of it. i'm ashamed and so sorry for them.

    June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  44. Greg H - Minneapolis

    It is ridiculous to ban deepwater offshore drilling on the basis of what happened at ONE WELL!! If there were a pattern of danger, then yes it should be banned. But most wells are doing just fine, deepwater or not. Were it not for environmentalist fearmongering, there would be more shallow water drilling, as well as on land such as the part of ANWAR dedicated to oil exploration. Besides, we are "loaning" billions to Brazil to drill even DEEPER than the well that blew out in the Gulf, so if it is okay for Brazil to drill using our money, it should be okay for the U.S.!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  45. history from Atlanta

    No No No...offshore drilling should not be banned. Any attempt to banned it will mean funding those especially in the middle east who hate us and want us dead.
    However, I support the moratorium by the Obama administration. It makes sense to examine and observe the overall situation in the industry, before we have another major spill in our hand. I also propose that the moratorium should be less than 6months because of the economic impacts it will have on those who depend on that industry

    June 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  46. Keith

    Deep water drilling should not be banned. BP did not follow good practices followed by other operators and the results are a disaster. As the federal judge asked: "Are all airplanes a danger because one was?". The ban will cause additional economic hardship to the Gulf Coast states. In addition, offshore rigs will be moved to other parts of the world and our chances of getting them back are pretty slim. The cost to move these platform's is staggering and we will be stuck with older platforms which will increase the chances of problems.

    I am stunned that this administration has taken this course but I have always felt that Obama is an idealogue and this is a good opportunity for him to push his unrealistic "green initiative" and implement the carbon tax which is going to cost the American consumer hugely. Houston, Tx

    June 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  47. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Get rid of all the darned, forsaken oil by any means necessary!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  48. JIM PERIGNY

    Jack,

    Shut them down until it can be determined what caused the oil leak. Retrofit the wells one by one to guarantee safety. Robert Redford is right: No one has given thought to what happens if oil spreads to Mexico, Central or South America. Who will clean it up then? Their economies cannot afford it. We have killed marine and plant life for decades...we do not know the full extent yet. This could push us into a world wide depression, if thousands more are unemployed for several years.

    Jim
    Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  49. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Not until we have weaned ourselves from an oil economy. This spill was due to negligence and conscience decisions to cut corners and ignore equipment problems. The other oil companies seem to follow the rules well enough to prevent these dangerous blowouts. We should not punish everyone for the egregious violations committed by BP.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  50. Jane Krummel

    It should be stopped until the oil companies can prove they can do it safely and have real accident correction procedures in place and test them. Proof isn't using a "Safety Template" from the internet that can be purchased and customized with the company's logo either.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  51. Dennis north Carolina

    No but all safety measure have to be in place before drilling starts again or we may have a sea full of oil and the end of earth. unless you can eat oil pie.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  52. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Jack, to all the drill-baby-drill idiots that want to continue offshore drilling until we figure out to make it safe, I say:

    THIS IS MY PLANET TOO !!!

    I would much rather adjust my driving habits to use less fuel if less were available but another disaster could destroy the environment, make life miserable or worse, kill us all.

    Are we really that greedy that we must take unknown risks just to feed our growing appetite for oil?

    June 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  53. Doug - Dallas

    If they can't find a better way to fix a mess like they have now, yes.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  54. Doug

    Writing from Wasilla, Alaska....

    Ban deepwater drilling..? No. As disastrous as the gulf situation is, it involves one of many hundreds of wells in the same general area. The ban will put thousands of people out of work, further exacerbating the employment problem in the gulf. The drill rigs will move out to where they can be working and generating money for their owners. It'll be the "coup de gras" to the economy in the gulf region. The real reason that the administration wants to ban offshore drilling is political. They are being dishonest in the extreme. Oh but I forget myself. "Dishonest politician.." is probably an oxymoron.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  55. Kenneth Jehling, Frisco, Texas

    Of course not. We will need the oil for quite awhile while we develop other energy sources. In the meantime I don't want $6 dollar a gallon gasoline-this would really cripple the economy. The ban is a political ploy to pass Cap and Trade, just like the failure to secure the border is a political ploy to get amnesty for illegals-Chicago politics at its best.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  56. Carlos

    Banning offshore drilling in the us will drive the price of oil well over the last peak of $140+ per barrel.
    American needs $200 a barrel oil now!
    How many jobs are shipped overseas due to cheap oil? If its cheaper to make it in China because of cheap labor and the price fix of the Yuan. Raw and recycled materials are shipped to China and returned to us on the shelves of Walmart. If oil is $200 a barrel that trade cycle will stop. Once its to expensive to commute from the burbs. We will see a boom of building around the cities as well as development of transit systems to support the new homes.
    We have spent the last 15 yrs gutting our manufacturing capacity and giving those good jobs to china as well as a host of other countries. Just this week Whirlpool decided to shut down manufacturing in the US. When the price of oil returns to the $200 per barrel range, we will see major changes in the US that will bring back jobs, and create new jobs that have not been here for a decade.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  57. barbara in NC

    No – don't be silly. That would cut into the millionaires' income.

    Drilling should continue until the east coast is coated with oil too. Imagine Miami Beach, Daytona, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, NC outerbanks, Virginia Beach, Maryland and NJ shore, Long Island, and Kennebunk Port all coated the way New Orleans is.

    We're using corn for fuel and kitty litter, subsidizing the farmers AND the oil companies - while oil companies are actually getting income tax refunds. Our gulf seafood is about to be killed – maybe the east coast too.

    Let's limit drilling to Alaska – byebye SALMON.

    No –don't save the earth – why do we need it? 1500 jobs???

    June 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  58. Thom Richer

    Deepwater offshore oil drilling should be banned to all FOREIGN oil companies off the shores of America. Only American oil companies should be granted rights to drill off of our shores and the oil should not be exported. What we take out of our lands, should remain in our land. Also, Jack, natural resources such as natural gas and oil are or should be the exclusive property of the citizens of this country and not of private corporations.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  59. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    That which should be banned is unpreparedness. If BP had been prepared for this catastrophe, there would have been the technology developed before it happened. There is such an urgency to the human condition to get things done NOW. That should be banned. Risks are always going to be taken when dealing with cutting edge technology, but the science should be thoroughly reviewed and replicated before , "diving into the deep end of the pool." In the case to deep sea drilling, this was not done and now we are paying the price for our addiction to oil. What we need now is a benign strain of bacteria that loves to eat oil and reproduces like fruit flies, faster actually.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  60. Bruce

    They can drill all they want, as long as they can use this oil volcano as an example of how fast they can recover a disaster and how well they protect our environment. This is the test case that answers that question, and gives them a chance to back up their lofty hallucinogenic claims that they are safe.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  61. Scott Stodden

    Absolutly not especially in these days that we live in when jobs are scarce there should not be a ban on deepwater offshore drilling! One accident such as the Gulf Oil Spill shouldn't mean we should just ban all offshore drilling!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  62. Ralph Spyer

    Let clean up this spill first before we start drilling and have another

    June 23, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  63. Terry from Illinois

    Jack,

    I do not think it should be banned but numerous changes need to take place.

    I work in a Nuclear plant, and the Three Mile Island incident in 1979 did not cause this much damage yet the Nuclear Industry was required by our government to install extra backup systems, change procedures, more oversight from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), increase number of evaluations, increase amount of maintenance, and conservative decision making when addressing a problem.

    The Oil Industry should be no different !!!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Rw fl.

    We need immediate inspections of all current rigs in the gulf. The drilling can commence if the rig is so judged safe. We don't know how may potential disasters are around. One thing is for sure we do not
    need another accident and we need to drill oil. So let's shut up and do the inspections.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  65. Paul Austin, Texas

    You know I used to think they could drill and do the job right. Know I am not so sure. It seems that everything they do is wrong and that they do not have a clule on what to do so I am thinking if you can not do it right just do not do it.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  66. frankie

    No, it is enough to follow a long-range plan for new energy sources in America. On the other hand we do need a moratorium, this is a relatively new and very dangerous technology over which other countries have better regulations than the US, and no one on earth actually seems to know how to stop a leak like this in less than 3 or 4 months while a large portion of the United States is being ruined. Few things would be worth people in Louisiana losing more jobs, but this would.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  67. Eric H

    offshore drilling should be done under more safty and should have better plans in place incase of another disaster such as what has happened in the gulf of mexio. from castleton VT

    June 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  68. Lynx O.

    Doesn’t anyone care about the truth and misrepresentation of the deep water drilling moratorium?
    How much oil is was being produced on the 33 deep water rigs in the Gulf prior to the moratorium?
    Constantly allowing politicians and others in the Gulf to suggest that 30% of oil production in our country is being held hostage by the moratorium on deep water drilling is real bad journalism. This kind of unclear journalism is the same kind that put us in Iraq. There are 3600 drilling rigs in the Gulf, how does the moratorium affect them? It doesn’t. Isn’t it the job of the media to not allow people interviewed to obfuscate the facts and the truth?

    June 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  69. Lyn

    Yes, it sure should be banned.
    No more, on shore, or off shore, oil drilling in this country.
    We don't need anyone in office, that wants to, drill baby drill nor drill here drill now.
    Remember this episode when you vote for various offices. If the oil people get in that is exactly what we will have. Protect our land.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  70. Joe in VA

    In a word, NO! Learn from this horror and move forward. Where are we to obtain out energy of we continue to remove key sources? No oil shale, no tar sands, no nukes, no everything. The entire gulf economy is largely supported by oil and the easy oil is gone. What will replace it short term? Answer – nothing.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  71. Kevin in Missouri

    Dear Jack:
    Anyone who feels deepwater drilling should continue when by big oils own addmission(cannot be effectively dealt with) due to the lack of spill technology at deep water is a clear and present picture of what has gone wrong with this country. A drug addict that gets arrested, robbed , overdose's or any other problem directly related to that type of life style ends up in prision, without I may add the concern of the public and they never blame the drug just the circumstances. Now that (Addiction) has become a national problem. (Addiction to Oil) We as a nation want to keep using despite the obvious danger to ourselves our nation and the life in the sea that is dying due to our addiction. I am saddened , America Wake Up
    Joe in Missouri

    June 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  72. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    Absolutely not. However, it does need to be regulated so we don't have Laurel and Hardy knocking over containment caps or estimating the flow levels on their fingers and toes. Where are the compromising adults? Like with everything else in Washington, Americans will argue and appeal their perspective until this is a crisis of biblical proportion.

    Yes my friend, it appears the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  73. Nancy Lee

    At the very least, the moritorium should be re-instated until this current mess is cleaned up and the oil corporations find a way to prevent future accidents.
    However, since Jindal, Barbour, and the folks who are affected by this gusher are so short-sighted as to want to continue drilling without safety precautions, let them and their state's pay the bill for the next oil spill and quit whining about the federal government.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  74. Melinda

    Not banned-but not restarted until every rig passes a real inspection from a real inspector and every potential problem fixed-Let the men work on safety first and then restart the rigs as they pass-for real this time. McLean, Va

    June 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  75. Ray

    Yes, until and unless we determine a way the handle the type of disaster we are going through now, we should be cautious and plan for a better response to the issue.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  76. Emmett Smith (No, not that one!)

    Hell yes deep water oil drilliing should be banned!We simply don't have the technology yet to do it safely. Any more drilling in water more than 500 feet deep would be like playing Russian Roulette.
    Emmett Smith, Mobile Alabama

    June 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  77. T J

    Suspended until we know what the problem is and how to prevent future problems. It certainly doesn't help since there is yet another problem.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  78. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    It should be banned until:
    1. We have the technology (proven and practiced) to cap a problem that far down.
    2. Have an updated disaster plan reviewed by those inside, and more importantly outside, the industry.
    3. Have any company that desires to drill that deep put $30 billion in escrow incase something goes wrong.
    4. Have equipment and resources "at the ready" in case of any problem.
    5. Have a predetermined chain of control.
    6. Have an impartial group giver accurate assessments of the damage, oil, flow, and all other important data.

    Jack, it's just some common sense stuff here.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  79. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Deep water drilling is often in international waters. There isn't much we can really do about it from congress or the courts. It would behoove oil companies to have reliefe wells ready to work in the event of spills. It would be in their interest to follow safety guidelines and have working equipment. Lacking these things it would be better if they didn't drill at all.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  80. Theresa - Mississippi

    The BP geyser doesn't just affect Louisiana, it is also destroying the coastline of states that don't allow deepwater drilling. I realize it will cost jobs, but deepwater drilling should be banned until the oil companies prove they have failsafe blowout preventers, drill relief holes at the sites and come up with a 21st century plan for cleaning oil from the water. Louisiana's governor should have also had a plan in place for his state to deal with a spill off their shores, because it doesn't take a huge imagination to realize a spill was envitable.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  81. greg texas

    Unless oil companies can prove that they can prevent another disaster like deep water horizon they should not be able to continue deep water drilling. If a relief well really works why not require a relief well to be drilled in advance with every well and prove that it works.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  82. katiec Pekin, IL

    Deep sea drilling should be discontinued until the oil companies have workable, effective back up plans, safey measures instilled and the ability to stop these spills when and if they occur.
    This will put people out of work but our environment, livelyhood is substantially more important than greed, political manuevers and the me first attitude.
    We will be victims of this diaster for many years to come.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  83. Jim Blevins

    No, we do need the energy. Some pseudo-judge in Louisiana thinks that the question should be is there imminent danger. But the question should be is there any possibility of another gusher, even given several human errors. Think of it like a nuclear bomb - we have had no accidental detonations. Only with this level of assurance, should deep water drilling be allowed.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  84. jim

    Deepwater drilling should not be banned, negligent and indiffertent inspections and ignoring safety violations should be banned whatever the name of the people doing or failing to inspect.

    The Dow chemical spill in Bophal (sp?) was horrible but didn't mean that chemical plants should be banned

    June 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  85. Brian Smith PhD - San Diego CA., USA

    NO…..only the fat cat risk taking profiteers in the Oil business should be ban. British Petroleum took unreasonable risks with this well and now we are paying for it big time.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  86. Peggy

    New drilling should be banned. Old drills should be inspected & cleared one-by-one then put. Back on line. Remember in school when there was one class clown & everybody ended up missing recess because of the clown? It was wrong then, served no purpose, and is wrong now. This is knee-jerk reaction to poor advice, Mr. Prez.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  87. David Scott Doherty

    No we need the oil, what we don't need are regulators that are willing to look the other way when it comes to safety, just so they can stuff a few bucks in their pockets. These are the true criminals that should be facing jail time, but they won't, because of who they know and how they got the job!
    Dave from NH.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  88. katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack, do you read other news outlets? The federal judge, along with Landrieu, Jindal have received substantial contributions from or are heavily invested in the oil companies. Just wondered as you failed to mention that.
    One plane crash cannot be compared to the damage that has been done to our shorelines which will be the victims of this diaster for years to come.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  89. Delia, Katy, TX

    There should be a ban on offshore drilling, as least until there is a real contingency plan for any potential spills. Afterall, all the oil execs were in front of a committee with virtually the same boiler-plate plan for spills and 65 days later they have nothing to stop this spill. Come on Jack, that question was too easy!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  90. Kevin L

    Banned? I don't think so...that's a knee-jerk reaction. The process that the President laid out was correct and fair. Here again; people crying: "what about me?"...everything isn't for profit all the time. Get through the six months and after the reports, go from there. As we lessen the need for this resource, the less we will need to drill.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  91. Dux romas

    This should halt all plans for future offshore drilling. This couldn't have come at a better time, during an election year. Is it me or does are countries greatest diasters happen when its an election year.

    Why don't we spend the money planed for offshore drilling projects to find ways to have offshore windfarms. What is the deal with these oil compaines, oil can't run out soon enough!

    June 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  92. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Hell no, Jack. I live in rural northeast Georgia and we have to have cheap gas to live. I say we should drill anywhere we might find oil cause, by God, we deserve it. Once it runs out we can worry about alternative fuel and energy, but I should be dead and gone by then and won't give a damn.

    June 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  93. Gail, Plano TX

    T. Boone Pickens and Mary Landieu are hardly role models for truth Any opinion they give is suspect. Why don't we just blow up the planet, and be done with it?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  94. Al

    Drilling is not a question like pregnancy. It is not a matter of you either are or are not. It is a question of providing a reliable source of relatively cheap energy safely. It's a matter of doing it right and making sure that it is done right.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  95. john in santa maria

    Oligarch, old a word as prostitution, neither will be eliminated and both make the world, as we know it, go around. The problem for both is lack of regulation to protect the vulnerable public (that's the job of government). Some government official (the President) with a pair of cajones has to tell the Oligarchs that the party is over.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  96. Jonah R.

    Yes, temporarily at the least. Another situation like this one cannot be tolerated, and this disaster alone will affect us for years and decades to come.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  97. Joan

    I can't understand why the people are not screaming to stop all drilling. No end in sight for this oil pouring into the golf, no plan in place before the fact to deal with anything. My heart aches for the people, helpless birds and all sea creatures. The BP planners look just plain stupid. Securing 20 billion dollars is a drop in the bucket., Pres. Obama needs to keep his hand out for more big bucks to help the people.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  98. Stanton South Carolina

    In one respect, I agree with the judge, that the Obama administration's halt to deep water drilling was a knee jerk reaction and came without thought about the consequences to a large industry and the associated jobs that would be lost at a time when unemployment is at an all time high.
    On the other hand, there needs to be a rapid investigation into the entire safety issue of this type of oil extraction so the same thing will not happen again.
    But the main issue that this disaster has brought to bear is the United States must do much more to free itself from the over-reliance we have on oil as an energy source. Other technologies are available and must be put in place at a more rapid pace than what we have seen.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  99. Jim, Va

    Obama has put most people's jobs in jeopardy .Why should the folks in the Gulf region be treated any different?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  100. barbara in NC

    Almost 4000 wells in the Gulf. Ban is on ONLY 33 – less than 1/00th.

    Get freakin' real. Much ado about 1/100th that is ruining a lot of lives – not just the oil people.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  101. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course it should, until such time as the oil companies invest in catastrophe prevention technology at least equal to their ability to drill so deep, if that's even possible. 11 men will never come home to their families. Corporate greed trumping people's lives has to stop.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  102. Karl from SF, CA

    The ban only affects 33 deep water wells. There are over 3600 wells in the Gulf so that is less then 1% of all the wells. Until their is technology to deal with accidents like this and sufficient regulation to be sure the short cuts that caused this disaster don't happen again, we are fools to allow deep-water drilling.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  103. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    Absolutely not, Jack. The economy in the Gulf has been bad enough since hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, the spill made it worse, and shutting down the rigs will make the unemployment situation in that region even more devastating. Those people need to be put back to work and quickly. I agree with T. Boone Pickens on this one. A few spills does not mean that all oil-drilling operations should be shut down completely. However, there should be more stringent safety regulations and checks put in place, which should be done by an independent agency and not left to the oil companies to police themselves.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  104. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This argument of should we or should we not ban deepwater offshore oil drilling is beginning to sound more and more like whether we should or shouldn't legalize drugs. Americans are beginning to sound wishie washie about everything while time is running out; the oil is still leaking and the drugs are still crossing our borders.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  105. Suzanne Richard

    Shame on the oil companies for questioning the decision of the government. They have not discovered cause for the disaster yet, and they whine about the government calls for caution. Let's be honest, there is oil in the Gulf and money to be made. They will be back as soon as the moratorium is lifted. This is the oil industry trying to hold the people of the Gulf and our government for ransom. Shame.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  106. Joe--Alabama

    Jack, people went nuts when the bakes failed on a few Toyoda cars. They wanted them all recalled right away. Deep water drilling has been proven to be a huge danger. Just look out my back window and watch the oil killing the coast and a way of life. Prove it's safe first... Like a car.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  107. Mike N. Calif.

    deep water drilling should be banned for BP only. What I'd like to know is: The oil that is being recovered, is it usable in a refinery??

    June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  108. Minesh - Troy, MI

    No, obviously not, Jack.

    This will cripple the gulf coast economy even further. It could also drive up the price of gas to $4 or more per gallon which would hurt everywhere.

    As the judge pointed out that the process of shutting down the rigs is plain arbitrary.

    Minesh, Troy, MI

    June 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  109. Annick B.

    Yes. This is a great opportunity to begin changing to benign sources of energy. The Gulf area should be an area where manufacturing plants are created for wind and solar energy devices.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  110. bart

    deep water drilling operations must be shut down uns=less they can show a clear trail of major security improvements in a given time period to minimize any chance for a repeat of this disaster caused by negligence and greed.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  111. Jeremy

    If this "accident" doesn't cause us to pursue alternative forms of energy, nothing will. You can ban offshore drilling, but oil companies will just find a loophole and continue to slowly kill our only home.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  112. Larry L, Torrance, CA

    When a serious weakness is found in an aircraft type, often the entire fleet of those airplanes is grounded until an inspection is accomplished and repairs, if necessary, are made.

    Let's understand here that of approximately 800 Gulf oil rigs, only about 32 are affected by this ruling by the Obama Administration.

    And this 'pause' is appropriate until the cause of this disaster can be determined.

    It is silly for these conflicted elites to compare this ruling to shutting down the entire Gulf oil industry. Actually, it's spin. Pure and simple.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  113. Soul from Canada

    Hey Jack,
    This was requested to be put on hold for about few months until root cause is looked into, not banned as you’ve asked; however, I understand the hardship people in the gulf stands to go through within the specified period; however, am of the opinion that the end result would justify the wait!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  114. dianne murray

    Absolutely. Who can watch what is happening and suggest that this continue. Insane. We on the gulf coast are so distressed by all of this. We are loosing our way of life. BP should compensated those who loose their jobs due to the oilspill.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  115. Steve D

    By all means they should be shut down. Drilling licenses were issued based on the false premise that they have the ability to either prevent or deal with a deep water blow out. We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they DO NOT have any ability to deal with this situation. The shut down should go on until such time as the do have a way to stop such a disaster in far less than 4 months.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  116. Tim K. Jones

    Not allowing deep water drilling is harming the oil companies. Get real, it is exactly what they are doing to us. Is this judge related to the Bush's?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  117. bart

    deep water drilling operations must be shut down unless they can show a clear trail of major security improvements in a given time period to minimize any chance for a repeat of this disaster caused by negligence and greed.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  118. Paul Clark

    You can tell Boone Pickens that the last time I checked, the airline industry – unlike the oil industry – adheres to strict federally enforced safety policies.
    You're damned right the moratorium needs to be extended

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  119. Angela

    Absolutely it should be banned. Obviously there is an enormous amount of derilitcion of duty taking place in the country that allowed this rig to go unchecked for 5 years. Until that is resovled, the ban should remain in place.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  120. Diane

    Common sense dictates we stop deepwater drilling! There really is nothing that can be done with a disaster like this and to keep drilling in hopes another one doesn't is simply, delusional. While people will lose jobs (nothing new with that) why not retrain them to work with an alternative energy source? Pay them what they made on the rigs while training and put them into something safe and clean after. This has got to be cheaper than cleaning up another huge mess. Lets also not forget BP's Atlantis has had many reports of problems just waiting to burst open- do we really want to test that? If we do, how do we manage it if we fail? To ignore that possibility is truly ignorant.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  121. docb

    Jack,
    Sure ,stop the moratorium for Landreiu and Jindal but they will have to assume ALL the liability for any deaths or spills. that happen–This should probably extend to the Judge who owns stock in 5 or 6 oil related companies plus TransOcean and lifted the ban yesterday!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  122. Tillie / Texas

    Yes it needs to be halted and all deepwater offshore drilling stopped. What if there is another explosion/spill? What are you going to do then? You see BP nor the government know how to stop this spill. There are a whole lot of people out of a job. What about the people that were in manufacturing and Computer Information Systems? There was no court order to stop those jobs from going over seas and to Mexico. Now the shoe is on the other foot! Greed over safety! Well!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  123. Elise Fronek

    Of course deep-water drilling should be on hold at least until the investigation into the Horizon accident is complete. Until we know what exactly happened, there will be no way to prevent another such disaster. This question should not even be asked. BP should compensate all those people who are out of work as a result of the ban.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  124. Gregg McCambley

    Absolutely... We need to stop deep sea drilling since they shouldn't be there to begin with. If you don't have a way to stop a disaster, then there should be no chance of doing it. With this moretorium, it will force us to take that needed step foreward toward clean, renewable energy. The jobs "lost" can be regained with all the jobs created if we move foreward in clean energy. President Obama absolutely did the right move.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  125. frankie

    The BP accident is not like one plane crash. It is like if one of America's earliest commercial flights had exploded killing all passengers and had started forest fires which spread to four states and were still burning two months later.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  126. Gary

    Definitely not! When there is an airliner crash, other carriers still have flights.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  127. Steve Bentley

    Too deep to fix is too deep to drill, Jack. This is irrefutable. Until an oil company, and any one of them will do, can produce a plan for what happens the next time one of these things blow apart, deep drilling should be off the table. Here's an idea: start building solar panels, plug-n-play power grids and wind turbines like they should have done decades ago, and would have, had not all the R & D, tax breaks and outright cash giveaways been given to Big Oil.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  128. Ken in NC

    If it could be demonstrated to me that a valid reason exist to ban deepwater offshore oil drilling I would say yes. Can you say “BP”?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  129. Russ Ward

    If there were a chance of critical parts failure in any commercial Aircraft the model would be grounded until the parts could be inspected.

    So Mr Pickens thinks his analogy of stopping all drilling is like ground all airlines is reasonable then I hope that the FAA never takes the same attitude.
    Ground the defective aircraft and stop the drilling until the problems have been addressed in the interest of Public Safety.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  130. Matt

    Maybe not so much banned, but companies that drill in deepwater areas must prove that they have protocols that include some kind of shut off safety system, with no less than two back up systems behind it – like NASA has with multiple redundancies. Then they can go about drilling. Safety cannot be completely perfect, but there must be strict regulations like this to reduce the risk of a spill like this from ever happening again.

    Matt
    Saint Augustine, FL

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  131. Joan

    If we resume deepwater drilling (gamble) and lose, we won't have to worry about financial hardships. We will drown in oil & destroy our planet

    June 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  132. Theodore R. Wade, Jr.

    I don't think it should be banned, but it should be halted until all deep water rigs are re-inspected and re-certified, by competent professionals with no bias and not prejudice. MMS is either not competent to do the job or have been corrupted.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  133. Ralph in illinois

    Jack I would like to see offshore drilling stopped, right after we have both houses of our "elected class" go on a 12 month vacation.
    We could likely save billions in unspent "pork" tax dollars! Not to mentions the hundreds of millions we could save in jet travel and security expanses!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  134. Glenn

    Hello Jack,
    Yes, off shore deep drilling should be banned. It's about time we Americans man up and do the right thing. If we keep pleasing big oil we as a country will never go any where with wind, solar and nuclear power. We will always depend on oil if we don't stand up together and shut them down.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  135. MilwaukeeMike

    Seems like a wasted question when we have judges with oil stock.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  136. Patricia, Miami

    Absolutely. It should be clear that when it comes to drilling a deep hole in the ocean-no one knows what they are doing or what may happen. There is no "easy" left. WE need to change.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  137. Andre in Los Angeles

    Banned? No. Restricted to depths where human access is possible to definitively fix any potential problems? YES! Any time we reach beyond our means to pull back we're begging for trouble and the disaster we're experiencing in the Gulf, accessible only by machines guided by a wing and a prayer, proves that.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  138. Karen Shiebler

    Of COURSE deep water drilling should be paused (it isn't a "ban", its a 6 month moratorium). This ruling is absolute idiocy. The lawsuit says that "the government has no
    evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico". Are you kidding me?
    What is all that thick, black, sticky, toxic gunk all over the beaches, the wetlands and the wildlife? I call it "proof" that deep water drilling is a pretty damn huge threat.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  139. Tiller

    My father works for a Norwegian oil company.
    He explained that they have tons of technology and deep water drilling expertise. Not to mention clean up procedures and equipment.
    They offered to come over and help/assist, but was promptly sent back. Unreal !
    They are all shocked and very disappointed over the response they got.
    Time for this administration to get their head out of their "you-know-what"
    and focus on getting this mess cleaned up as fast as possible.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  140. Dan Culbertson

    T, Boone Pickens compares the moratorium on deep water drilling to a single aircraft cashing causing a shut down of the entire aviation industry. I disagree. A more reasonable comparison would be shutting down air travel after the crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It is rather strange that Mr. Pickens says the oil industry knows what they are doing and can guarantee safety when the Gulf catastrophe proves otherwise. There is no perfectly safe way to drill in Gulf and more spills will occur once drilling is resumed. The only question is how often and how big,

    June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  141. Brenda v. long beach calif

    Off shore drilling should be banned until it can be proved that it is safe. The people in the Gulf can't have it both ways. Maybe Bobby Jindal should be made to swear under oath that he will take full responsibility that if they start back drilling and this happens again he will plug the hole!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  142. Pat McCaughan

    This moratorium on drilling offshore is just another bad decision from this pathetically ineffective administration. Which has, by the way, stopped the building of berms for some obscure environmental reason.

    We need a leader. Bad.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  143. Chris Hrabovsky

    If the crash of one airplane could destroy the entire gulf of mexico for twenty years, and destroy the fishing industry, all hotel and restaurants in the area. Of course they would stop all flights. The MMS is corrupted by big business along with other agencies that were supposed to protect us, we can't trust that any rig out there is safe. Lets wait until they can prove these leaks can be stopped.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  144. Gary in Pa

    Yes Jack, we should ban all deep drilling in the gulf, stop the usage of all oil products, stop driving our cars, etc. Since the use of coal is also bad, we should also stop the mining of coal, turn off all electrical applicances, etc. Also, since nuclear power is dangerous, we should stop that also.

    After we stop using oil, coil and nuclear power, maybe we could ask the afghans how they can help us function in a 14th century economy.

    Come on Jack, keep drilling.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  145. Beth Pensiero

    Dear Jack,

    How many oil rigs will have to explode and how much of our oceans will we have to destroy before the damage and threat is taken seriously? Yes, more oil industry employees may be suffering layoffs right now, but, if there was ever a worthwhile cause for such suffering, it is the cause to pause, and to make sure this doesn't happen again. As for Mr. Pickens' glib comparison to a single airplane crash, that is nonsense. This thing is HUGE!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  146. Paul S from Cape Cod

    I worked in Brazil on a deep water drilling rig for many years, in water depths approaching 10,000'. From all my experience, I believe that, if used in a responsible manner, a subsea blowout preventer wou;d prevent the disaster we are witnrssing today. A drilliln moratorium will only hurt people who have already been hurt immensely, and have minimal prospects awaiting them in the future.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  147. Bill Davis

    Damned right it should be banned. These companies had no plan and few safeguards in the event of a blowout. They had no idea what they were dealing with at these tremendous depths and pressures. Oil industry executives have been writing their own regulations for over a hundred years. It is way past time to put a concerted national effort toward developing alternative fuels and energy technologies.

    The age of oil is coming to a close. Let's be ready for it.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  148. Mary

    Jack, my respsonse would be, "Could the judge that ruled against the moratorium be truly considered non-biased if he owns stock in oil companies?"

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  149. Dee in Woodstock GA

    No, all deep water drilling should NOT be shut down.

    And Pickens has it correc t, that shutting down would be like shutting down all air travel for one incidnet.

    HOWEVER, the key to drilliung for oil ANYWHERE is the same as drilling for natural gas or minimg for coal. THE COMPANIES MUST STOP placing PROFIT over SAFETY.

    And now folks are griping because shutting down the drilling is costing jobs? Well, the oil companies should pick up that cost and have to PAY the workers anyway, because it is their practice of drilling unsafely that is costing the jobs!

    And while many people do rely on the oil industry for their living, what will their living be like if we continue to foul the environment, and if we continue to say the bottom line is the only thing that matters? Who wants to have a life like that?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  150. Patrick Jean Baptiste

    Deepwater offshore drilling shouldn't be stopped. Accidents don't occur often thus it would do more to hamper vital economic activity to ban it. Jobs will be lost, the economic vitality of the Gulf will be at risk.-Patrick from Miami, FL

    June 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  151. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Only if Obama wants to raise the unemployment rate even more. We need the oil from the gulf and everywhere else. We can not afford to not drill in the gulf.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  152. Alice

    Something needs to change.

    How many oil spills must we abide?

    Perhaps the relief well should be drilled before the well begins operating.

    Alice from WA

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  153. Jim Snyder

    It seems to be easy to point blame and sweep things under the carpet when something goes wrong, but the decision to do deep water drilling never was vetted to begin with. We wouldn't send space craft into space without retro rockets to slow their return descent, so why do we insist on letting oil discovery go 'wild west' until something catastrophic goes wrong?

    You can't tell me that some people with scientific backgrounds did not look at the risk and raise red flags, but the risk assessment always seems to require multiple catastrophes in 'my backyard' before anything is done to properly plan how to mitigate the possible problems.

    Banning it may not be the economic answer we need, but there can be no doubt that we need to weigh the safety needs of the environment before allowing deep water drilling to proceed. The safety cutoff (blowout preventer) failed and cannot be much different from others already in place on existing time bombs out there.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  154. Lamar

    Jack, YES. The one fact I do not hear anyone mention is a FACT that was reported but the dots have not been connected to this moratorium yet... almost all (maybe all) the oil companies have the same oil disaster plan on file as BP did for all of them to get the approval to drill in the first place. We unfortunately now know this plan is bogus. And none of the oil companies have a department and resources that are manned, organized and ready to implement this ineffective plan.

    Sure, let's Drill, Baby, Drill Sarah and let's all say together:
    Die, Fishies, Die.

    Once again big money and politics can cause some twisted and deadly rationalizations to be spoken, backed and implemented.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  155. Holly

    Yes, offshore drilling should be banned. Look at the catastrophic disaster just from 1 rig. If the world cannot with all their great scientific minds either find oil in a safer place or better yet use and be able to afford cleaner energy then we are all doomed and so is the planet we abuse.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  156. Donna

    T Boone Pickens should know this, after an airplane crash, the TSB does an investigation. Why? To find out if there is an inherent problem with the airplane. If they do, you bet your bottom all planes would be grounded until corrections were made. Essentially, that is what needs to happen with all the deep water wells. Who wants another disaster like we have in the Gulf? Step to the front of the line. A little bit of safety right now will go a long way later.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  157. ed

    Why are'nt we drilling the bakken oil fields?At least we could control oil blowouts.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  158. Franz

    Jack,

    A moratorium for 6 months and a ban are not the same. A delay to allow time to better understand the cause of the blowout is not a bad idea. Comparing the blowout to a plane crash is also inaccurate. If you are indeed suggesting a ban I think you also should suggest an alternative energy supply.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  159. jim

    There was no chance of a spill before this one. The good thing for Obama is that now he has an out.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  160. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Yes, yes, yes. That judge had 10's of thousands of dollars invested in Big Oil including $15,000 in BP. He should have recused himself from the case because of his investments. Big Oil should not resume deep sea drilling unless they can prove that they are taking the same safety options that drillers are taking in other countries, such as drilling relief wells at the same time as the main wells and being able to document safety procedures that are common in countries that care about the cleanliness of their waters.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  161. Chris Hrabovsky Florida

    If the crash of one airplane could destroy the entire gulf of mexico for twenty years, and destroy the fishing industry, all hotel and restaurants in the area. Of course they would stop all flights. The MMS is corrupted by big business along with other agencies that were supposed to protect us, we can't trust that any rig out there is safe. Lets wait until they can prove these leaks can be stopped.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  162. C Roberts

    NO!!! Start the inspections NOW!!! Keep them working & drilling!!! Do they want all these people on 99 weeks of unemployment insurance too? Let all of them who support this from the President on down to give up their income for 6 months and more or give their income to those who are losing theirs because of this poorly thought out and ill -legel government edict at this time.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  163. Stefan

    Without question, yes. And with all due respect to Judge Feldman and T. Boone Pickens, let's clear something up here: if an aircraft had an identified catastrophic mechanical failure you better believe that aircraft type would be grounded until an investigation was complete to determine if a systemic problem existed. I don't see that happening in this instance.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  164. Linda Richards

    Absolutely. Under the current crop of politicians and businessmen, DDT, lead paint and asbestos would still be plentiful–wouldn't want to put anybody out of work. We have been lied to repeatedly about how safe drilling is, have heard horror stories about greed trumping safety and have no idea when this spill will be stopped. I don't know if our planet can survive a leak from the deeper, more complicated wells proposed but I don't think our country can. When everyone's out of work because there's no fish, no swimmers, no vacationers and no money, we won't be needing more oil. The comparison to a plane crash is like comparing Chernobyl with a car accident. Until containing spills catches up with drilling wells, we should stop and rethink our energy policy.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  165. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – As always, the correct answer is more complicated than "drill, baby drill" or "ban all deep water drilling." Pickens analogy is flawed – when an in-air disaster occurs for no obvious cause, we do in fact ground all similar aircraft until the fault is understood. The cost of another blowout would dwarf the cost of six months of no drilling. Platforms may move off, but they will move back, or new ones move in, because the industry wants this oil – no active lease is left unexplored for long, ever! We cannot resume undersea drilling until we are confident that the blowout preventers on those 33 other wells will work if needed – it is as simple as that. The losses in the value of spilled oil itself, all of it lost to production, is by itself more than enough to justify this moratorium on the numbers alone. It may take six months to test the equipment so that we are confident that we will not have two, or three, or more blowouts to deal with real soon. Employment in the short term cannot trump regional economic survival in the long term, not now, not ever.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  166. Ken Olson

    COMPROMISE – Don't shut down all rigs at once. Shut down some just long enough to conduct a vigorous safety inspection. Then reactivate them and shut down a few more and repeat the safety inspections. Continue this for as long as is necessary. As the rigs not yet inspected learn of the violations detected at previous inspections they will address those violations before their inspection time rolls around. Now we have compromised – shut some while others remain operational and learn from the previous inspections already conducted. KEN OLSON, Palm City, FL

    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  167. Linda H

    Jack, I don't pretend to be knowledgable enough to KNOW what the next step should be; however, in reference to Mr. Pickens (whom I respect), the comparison between the oil spill and an airplane crash is not valid. Yes, it is an immense tragedy for those who lose loved ones in such an accident, but this oil spill is catastrophic not only in human terms, but in the life and health of the planet. Do people not GET that this cannot be "fixed" by man?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  168. Anthony Peer

    The way this oil spill has been handled is totally absurd.Irreparable harm has already been caused in the Gulf. This problem is not going to go away for along time if it goes away then. Safety mechanisms should have been in place before the well went into operation in the first place. I could voice my opinion on this matter for days there should' have been tankers on the water with in 48 hrs after this catastrophe happened.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  169. Jeremy

    You can worry about the economy, you can worry about taxes. How are you gonna feel when your land is covered in oil, and not suitable for life?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  170. Maureen Logan

    Dear Jack: It offends me deeply that a plane crash and an end to all flights would be used as a comparison to BP's Gulf oil disaster and a 6 month ban on deep water oil drilling. This is not a plane crash, it is an example of lax procedures that have devasting results. Maybe we should use a more appropriate comparison. How about a plane carrying armed necular weapons that crashes in the center of New York City devastating the entire area and leaving years of radioative clean up, not to mention loss of life. Now, that is more in line with the Gulf disaster. Do you think changes would be made to planes flying with armed necular weapons over our country's cities? Or would we just say, Oh well, these things happen.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  171. George

    Aside from being the worst environmential disaster in american history I do believe this will be one of the best things to ever happen to the country. This has truly opened the eyes of even the most nieve of average taxpayers and has people talking,talking by in large of how we are owned by this product. and the people who produce it. Just because T. boon Pickens gets on tv and makes some B.S. analogy in comparing a plane crash to the wholesale destruction of the planet in an effort to turn a buck for his buddys. dosent make it palatable or any where near Rite.I believe all deep water drilling should end world wide
    People seem to forget Oil is a product produced and sold at a profit and one that should have been in large part absolite as we have come to know it 45 yrs ago.
    George
    Chester,Ct.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  172. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Yes,I am for this moratorium. The oil companies do not have the proper emergency responses techniques in place to do this deep water drilling. Too many unknowns to keep up this trial and error effort like BP is doing daily in the Gulf. Get systems in place to take care of problems when they arise. Today the cap came off and MORE oil is spilling into the waters. This one blowout is enough we don't need another to cost more lives or ruin more of our environment.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  173. Terry Laird

    I live in Gulf Breeze Florida.Deep water drilling should be banned until until the safety checks can truely determine if a well is operating safely. It's not a valid comparison to compare this moratorium to closing the airways because of one plane crash . The gulf is basically a big lake and is much less able to absorb this kind of damage than the huge open sky and landmass is. You should see our Pensacola beaches today.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  174. Harold Jone

    Remember 9/11? Airspace was shut down until we knew it was safe to fly. Its not over, aircraft are still flying into American buildings.

    I would rather haver paid $5.00/gallon for gasoline than lose the Gulf Coast.

    I would rather pay $10.00/gallon than lose the Florida Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard.

    - Harold Jones

    June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  175. stan williams

    Let's get real, we need the oil and will always need oit. In 50 years the middle east has recovered less than 4% of all their oil. We have tapped even less of our reserves. We have coal and natural gas in this country too last till the next ice age. According to the USDA if we put wind mills in every placve possible place in America we will sav e 1% of our energy. Ifg we put solar panals on every building in America we would save an additional 2%. So let's get real and drill baby drill! in the evolutionalry process the strong survive, so say good by to the weaker spieces and deal with it. America is the greatest country and we need to let all know others know just how great we are and stop crying about the fact that we are the best there is or will ever be in our life time.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  176. Kyle (cleveland, OH)

    the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing more than once and expecting a different result. that being said, i think the entire disaster is a big wake up call to find a new source of energy or we will face situations like this again

    June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  177. Gerry

    Yes, stop the drilling.

    This is nothing like shutting down all air traffic after a plane crash. This is not only affecting us humans, but it is affecting nature. A single plane crash wouldn't have the same outcome or a comparable outcome to this tragic oil spill.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  178. Arnold MI

    The political structure in La. and the Gulf Coast are over reacting to the unemployment caused by the oil disaster by trying to rush the off shore drilling operations.

    All of the laid off workers are eligible for unemployment compensation which will have to be reimbursed by BP.

    Once BP receives the receipts from the Gulf Shore State Governments, they will reimburse them accordingly. BP will also reimburse all laid off workers for the difference between their unemployment and the lost wages.

    Relax Gulf Shore Residents, the checks will be in the mail as soon as BP receives the documented material for the reimbursements.

    Remember, BP has to account for all of their expenditures to comply with IRS Laws.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  179. Dennis / Missouri

    No. We need the jobs and the energy. Funny how Obama will give a couple of billion of our tax dollars to Brazil for deepwater offshore drilling but wants to stop all drilling here. Let's see, give our tax dollars to Brazil, China gets the oil, we get zero in return. Now that's leadership at it's finest.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  180. Scottish Mama

    Not banned but modified to at least every rig have Kevin Costners and engineers centerfuges on site if it works. Responsibility to the communities that work for the rigs. A fund that is reserve that the oil companies pays in case of another disaster. And checks and balances observed and reported, a hotline for whistle blowers who work at these dangerous jobs for our comfort. And BP and oil companies to put to another fund for schooling any cajin for other energy alternative jobs on land. Especially for the fishermen.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  181. Bo

    I see Boone Pickens has compared shutting down all drilling to grounding all airliner flights after a single crash. I’m a retired airline pilot. Modern airliners have double and triple redundancies in all of the critical systems required to keep the aircraft flying in the event of a system failure.

    I cannot understand why those kinds of redundancies appear to be completely absent in the risky business of deep-water drilling when the results of a failure are a kind of ecological Armageddon.

    The answer to your analogy, Boone, is you bet the entire airline system would be grounded if all aircraft had a single system with no redundancy, and the failure of that system caused a horrific accident.

    I will never understand why multiple fail-safe systems are not required on all undersea drilling rigs.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  182. nancy blake

    It doesn't take a scientist to see that oil pumped full of dispersant that sinks sludge to the ocean floor will kill plankton, thus killing the food chain from the bottem up in ever increasing dead zones carried by ocean currents and surface weather. Greed's myopic approach increases the multiplication of this spill and the acceleration of the death of life as we know it on this planet, so yes, let's stop and get our bearings from the chart not labeled "certain death for all". There is no shame in falling back to regroup for species survival, and an end to this death culture, so full of the spirit of extermination for the lovely creatures of our earth. Read this, if you have the nerve I think you do...

    June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  183. Rick

    Ban it until they can demonstrate competence in shutting it off.Not theoretically with a work of fiction like the disaster plan that only exists on paper, but actually demonstrate the ability to contain any occurance of oil spilling anywhere in the oceans of our planet and have any equipment that is needed for containment on site and available immediately, before any drilling is allowed.
    To reply to the statement that they dont stop airplanes from flying after one crash, remember that after 9/11 they did just that to prevent any repeat performances ,plus they restricted airspace in many locations that were open before that event.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  184. Holly

    Absolutely! I want the ban on deep water drilling back in place and not for just 6 months. Why should the lively hood of the people on those 33 effected rigs in the gulf take presidence over my right to make a living and walk out onto white sandy beaches and swim in clean water?

    I am a Florida resident and our main lively hood comes from tourism. Those of us living in Florida don't now nor have we ever wanted rigs off of our coastline for the reasons we're looking at right now.

    The people of Florida have been ignored while other states like Louisiana and Texas are allowed to drill off of their coastlines even though our state sits on the Gulf of Mexico and we do not support drilling. Now, just like we Floridians always knew would happen, their right to drill and make a living is destroying our right to make a living and lowering our standard of living.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  185. James in Idaho

    Jack,

    T. Boone Pickens is right. Shutting down all deep water drilling after the blowout accident IS like shutting down all the airports after a plane crash; 9/11 comes to mind. In either case, it's the unknown variables that cause us concern and if we dont' deal with those before reopening the airports, we may likely be having a protest of another kind; say, over the needless deaths of 11 pilots, passengers and attendants that just weren't ready at the time to fly at such heights.

    In my mind this is easier solved than is let on; the government uses tax dollars wisely to buy a car factory that's being sold in foreclosure, and reopens it as a solar panel factory, later to be sold back to private investors, in this way noone has to lose a job for very long. Simple , I know, but then, government never really was good at simple.

    James Foley
    Kamiah, Idaho

    June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  186. Kim in Mpls, MN

    Would you let Tony Hayward do a triple heart bypass on you?

    At least that procedure is done quite frequently, deep sea drilling, only a few can do and he wasn't one of them.

    We need fuel... however why are we giving it to the inept, this technology should be treated like space exploration!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  187. John Legault (Canada)

    What audacity we have in thinking that all our technology will keep us safe. Of course we should maintain the moratorium on offshore drilling. What this incident has shown us is that there is no safe drilling in deep water ... the technology to poke a hole in the earth isn't complicated when you're on land. But trying to control a giant straw 1 mile long underwater – with remote controlled vehicles – let's get serious. I can't believe that people would be willing to write off hundreds of species of animals, let relatively clean water become poisoned and coastlines destroyed and threaten more distant and unknown ecosystems for the sake of a few thousand jobs for a short time. Just wait 'til we get it right – if we ever do. The oil industries seems to have plenty of money to pay these people even if they don't work on deep water offshore drilling.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  188. Ken Olson

    Compromise – Don't shut down all rigs at once, Shut down some long enough to conduct a vigorous safety inspection. Then reactivate them and shut down a few more for the same inspection process. Continue this for as long as necessary. As the rigs not yet inspected learn of the violations detected, they will address those violations before their time comes to be inspected. Now we have compromised by shutting some while others remain operational. Ken Palm City, FL

    June 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  189. John from Seneca Falls, NY

    We must continue the moratorium on new deepwater drilling permits until the oil industry can a) produce a blowout preventer with less than 1% failure rate rather than the current 45%, 2) develop include proven "real" response plans in all deepwatrer drilling applications which will truly prevent wide-ranging environmental disasters, 3) devote a minimum percentage of all drilling costs to fund independent research into prevention and amelioration of deepwater oil spills and 4) submit to 3rd party review and approval before proceeding with each key milestone in the drilling process for each new well. These are constraints we would all expect to be self-imposed by responsible corporations, but which we now learn have been totally ignored by the major oil companies.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  190. harold burns

    i do not understand why you would want to start drilling when you do not know how to stop this one.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  191. Linda in Arizona

    Absolutely. We have NO idea what we're doing at those depths. The chambers we're drilling into are under unimaginable pressures. The ocean floor is unstable and nobody knows what another deep-water explosion could do the Gulf or any other location. The moratorium being pushed by the Obama administration is just a political cover. He has no intention of permanently banning deep-water drilling in the Gulf. He, Salazar, and the MMS are busy even now issuing NEW permits and environmental waivers to drill. From the NYT article of May 23, 2010: " In the days since President Obama announced a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells and a halt to a controversial type of environmental waiver that was given to the Deepwater Horizon rig, at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted, according to records." This was the total on May 23rd. I wonder what the number is up to now. Let's not forget that days before this ongoing, worsening disaster occurred, Obama flipped on off-shore drilling and deep-water drilling, saying that with today's technology he had been assured it was "completely safe". That is ridiculous on its face. NOTHING is "completely safe", especially drilling into the earth's crust miles below the surface of the ocean. To answer your question, yes it should be banned forever. It never should have been allowed. Will it be? If you think so, you are delusional.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  192. Alan Waters

    Ban it or not, the judge may have to attend a one on one meeting at the White House and lose his job. So much for Obama's open dialogue when a real man expresses his opinion.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  193. Mark

    There is a BIG difference between "banned" and "paused". This, I believe, is at the core of our problems – we have a society of extremists who don't seem capable of finding the middle. The President suggested a 6-month moratorium, NOT a complete ban. For T. Boone Pickens to compare shutting down deepwater oil rigs after the BP accident to shutting down all airlines after one plane crash is comparing apples to oranges. "One plane crash" does not present the same environmental and economic impact as the millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico – killing wildlife, destroying beaches, and seriously crippling numerous businesses (tourism, fishing, etc.)
    Besides, as I recall, the government DID shut down all airlines after one morning of plane crashes – 9/11/2001. All air traffic was halted until action plans could be made to ensure everyone's safety. That's simply what Salazar and the President are suggesting we need to do now regarding deepwater drilling.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  194. Ianna

    It should definitely not be banned. Banning oil drilling offshore will not only devastate the economies of the coastal states which rely on drilling for their livelihood, but it would affect the entire nation. The dependence on foreign oil is already a tremendous problem for our country, and now our president wants to exponentially add to the dependence. If we limit the oil production capabilities of this country, we will be cutting off one of our major commodities. People do not realize the trickling affect this would have on the entire country. This unnecessary action would not only cause tens of thousands of people to loose their jobs, but it would affect energy cost and gasoline prices which will in turn cause more inflation because the price of everything we buy will sky-rocket. Everyone will have higher overhead from the manufacturers to the transporters to the retailers. We saw what happened when the price of gasoline increased to $4 a gallon. That was nothing compared to what this irrational act could cause.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  195. Tillie / Texas

    Cafferty/Wolfe how many total 'Wells" are there in the Gulf? How many are closed? Why want you guys mention that?

    June 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  196. Kevin BC Canada

    Yes!! With the following rider: Call in all Deep Water Drilling Engineers, Drillers, Construction, and Support Experts from other companies. ALL HANDS ON DECK! Bring in retired engineers if need be.

    Halt Oil Exploration until this BP leak is fixed! Play hardball!!

    Emergency crisis management, all engineers and experts focus on a solution. Afterward, oil exploration can continue for the companies with strong safety records. The industry has to work in unison on this by order of the government, BP can compensate the other companies for the expertise of their employees and any loss of income.

    Someone must bring the oil industry together on this-a solution will be found if a call to arms is made. Treat this as a industry problem despite BP's responsibility, its harsh but its time to bump BP aside and let the best engineers from safely run exploration firms to fix it. Any experts from Universities, NASA, Siberia, Hibernia, assemble the best minds now!

    June 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  197. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Yes, all deepwater wells should be banned unless each well has federally mandated acoustic triggers and completed relief wells ready to negate the effects of an accident. Also, the current legislation that defines offshore wells as ships – then registered overseas – and immune from EPA regulatuion needs to be revoked.
    Meanwhile, all contributions from the oil industry should be returned by Congress and placed in a fund for victims of the BP spill.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  198. Millie King

    While one's heart goes out to the oil workers and their families threaten by loss of income, some consideration should be given to loss of income to the people who live and work on some of the whitest beaches in the world. As a small business owner in Orange Beach, Al....the whitest beaches in the world have become the loneliest beaches in the world. Every seen a tern dive for food and there is no fish to be found. Every seen a small child stare at the wonder of the waves and cry because their mother (rightly so) won't let them go in the water? Every seen fish try to walk on water so they can breathe? Well, I have. And till this horrible ungodly mess is cleared out of the Gulf, no more deep water drilling!!! I came from NC where the tobacco industry caused thousands of lost jobs because we dealt death... so should it be with deep water oil drilling till it can be done safely without harm to people and wildlife.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  199. Chris

     The scope and scale of the damages caused by the BP gusher are being grossly understated. The mile deep spill is being filtered by the Gulf water as it makes its way to the surface- causing toxicity no one could've seen or studied before this tragedy.

     Louisiania's people are crazy. They don't want the moritorium on deep water drilling.
      Well, more of them should have blown the whistle on the obvious shenanigans concerning the oil and gas companies. They probably could've stoppped this tragedy if they stood up for thier environment and community sooner. I hope the Fed gov't never allows them to drill in the gulf at all. (not just deep water).
        If governer Jindal was looking out for his back yard a bit better before this evilness, the US national treasures of the LA, Alabama, Missippi and Florida wetlands might still be alive.
       I have NO sympathy for the LA oil workers.  It's like giving a firearm to a 13 year old kid, after he shoots and kills his 5 year old brother, do you give him the gun back?
          It is the fishermen,  shrimpers, and tourism community for which I have sympathy, they are the true victims.

    June 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  200. Linda Richards

    Why didn't I hear from all these same politicians now whining about jobs when they were being shipped overseas? Too little, too late–as usual.
    Linda in Woodbury

    June 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm |