(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after a federal judge blocked the temporary moratorium on deepwater drilling. Murray recently held a hearing on oil companies putting production and profit over worker safety, and she sent a letter to the Administration urging them to order immediate inspections of all offshore rigs and production platforms in the United State. Murray also strongly supports a permanent ban on drilling for oil off the West Coast.

“I am extremely disappointed that this common-sense moratorium was blocked while millions of gallons of oil continue to gush into the Gulf. We shouldn’t even consider putting our environment, our economy, or our workers at risk on deepwater drilling projects until we know what caused this tragedy in the Gulf Coast, and until we understand exactly how to prevent anything like it from ever happening again.

“Eleven workers died on the Deepwater Horizon, and the devastation to the environment and the local economy is growing every day. I am glad that the Administration is appealing this decision. This is one more reminder of the importance of banning drilling off of the West Coast and making sure nothing like this could ever happen off of Washington state’s shores.”