Obama approves a new oil well off Louisiana?

Federal regulators have approved the first new Gulf of Mexico oil well since President Barack Obama lifted a brief ban on drilling in shallow water.

The Minerals Management Service on Wednesday granted a drilling permit sought by Bandon Oil and Gas for a site about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

Obama has extended a moratorium on wells in deep water like the BP one that blew out in April and is gushing millions of gallons of oil. But the president quietly lifted a brief ban last week on drilling in shallow water.

The new permit allows drilling in a water depth of 115 feet. Bandon Oil and Gas first sought the permit in April, shortly after the Deepwater Horizon operated by BP exploded and sank.

treehugger cannot be consoled.

2 Responses to “Obama approves a new oil well off Louisiana?”

  1. funkyk Says:

    well theres nothing i can say to console you (obviously) :) but the reality is that it will take time to become a more green country and we must drill or be at the mercy of the other countries who do drill black and white…so until some better solutions are made we must drill baby drill besides the biggest problem with the oil spill that is happening is the depth at which they were drilling and the lack of precautions taken by this company and our gov. it is a shame hopefully one that will be avoided in the future!

  2. Ingrid Says:

    Louisiana Politicians are wanting it both ways.
    Clean up the mess but give us the right to drill more.
    Makes any sense?
    Drill and no spill is just about impossible.