Obama approval rating falls as 48 percent of survey responders say they disapprove of the President's job performance.
A federal judge said Thursday that he will not reconsider his decision to overturn a six month deep-water drilling moratorium stemming from the Gulf oil spill. That means Interior Secretary Ken Salazar might need to look for a Plan B.
Offshore drilling ban overturned by a New Orleans federal judge, who told the federal government Thursday he won't put his ruling on hold.
Gulf oil spill: A undersea collision involving one of the robots used in the BP gulf oil spill containment effort allowed more oil to gush unchecked into Gulf waters.
Offshore drilling: Judge Martin Feldman, who overturned the government's moratorium on offshore drilling for oil, has reported owning stock in Transocean Ltd, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig which exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico over two months ago.
The judge said the federal report that led to the drilling moratorium didn't 'explicitly justify' a ban. Some independent engineers who reviewed the report agree. The administration will appeal.
Oil drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico has Transocean president Steven Newman upset with the Obama administration.
Even if Obama has not received high marks for his handling of the BP oil spill, it remains but one of many elements that voters consider when asked their views of his job performance.
MMS (Minerals Management Service) was ill-prepared to oversee the oil and gas industry because it lacked inspectors and regulations, the Interior Department's inspector general testified Thursday.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is angry and frustrated at BP's 2009 response plan for a Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which lists walruses, sea otters, sea lions, and seals as 'sensitive biological resources' and names a man who died in 2005 as a national wildlife expert.