Judge to rule on resuming deepwater oil drilling

By: Joel Brown, CBS News
By: Joel Brown, CBS News

June 22, 2010

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.---A federal judge will decide by tomorrow if deep water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico can resume. This comes after a large oil spill is just off the shore of Fort Walton.

The Johnson family from Lancaster, Pennsylvania wants to see all 50 states in the next few years. This summer's vacation brought them to Fort Walton beach.

"I just hope it gets cleaned up as soon as possible," said Scott Johnson.

A few miles out, thousands of local fishermen and charter boat captains are working with BP to keep the crude oil from reaching the Gulf Coast bays and beaches.

Even with an army of vessels guarding Alabama's coastline, local reporters saw oil turn part of Orange Beach orange.

"It feels greasy to the touch, and if you smell it, it smells like a gas station," said Debbie Williams, a WKRG reporter.

Right now, no deep water drilling is happening in the Gulf because of the Obama administration's six-month ban. A federal judge could rule as early as today on a lawsuit to overturn the ban.

Speaking at a conference in London today, the owner of the disabled. Deepwater Horizon rig called the ban unnecessary.

At that same conference, Greenpeace protesters interrupted Tony Hayward's fill-in. BP's CEO was a no show, citing his obligations in the Gulf.

Some people, especially laid off workers on those off shore rigs, have been getting some payments from BP. However, they're surprised and frustrated to learn they may have to pay taxes on it.

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