FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2010
Contact: Kristina Johnson
New Orleans, LA - Today, a federal judge blocked a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling put in place by President Obama following the BP disaster in the Gulf. On June 7, 2010, Hornbeck Offshore Services, a company that provides vessel support to offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, filed a lawsuit challenging the moratorium. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Bollinger Shipyard Companies, Bee Mar Deepwater Vessels Companies and Chouest Shore Side, Vessel, and Shipyard Companies joined the lawsuit against the Obama administration. The Sierra Club intervened on behalf of the government, along with other groups including the Florida Wildlife Federation. The groups are represented by Earthjustice.
The Sierra Club will join the Obama administration in appealing the judge's decision.
Statement of Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune
Now, the oil industry and its allies would like to declare the area a dead zone in which the only jobs to be had are from more oil drilling.
This disaster should be a wake up call. We can't return to business as usual and face another disaster like this. It's time to stand up to the oil industry and embrace the clean energy solutions that will create good, lasting jobs while keeping our fresh air, drinking water, and oceans intact. We need President Obama's leadership to deliver a plan to end our dependence on oil over the next twenty years.