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NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. judge Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the BP oil spill. The White House, which had hoped the ban would provide time to ensure other wells are operating safely, immediately said it planned to appeal.
The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by drilling companies to reverse the ban imposed by the Department of Interior, which halted the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended...
District Judge Martin Feldman said the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning and that the moratorium seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.
During a two-hour hearing Monday, plaintiffs' attorney Carl Rosenblum had argued that the suspension could prove more economically devastating than the spill itself. "This is an unprecedented industrywide shutdown. Never before has the government done this," Rosenblum said.
People say Obama is doing nothing, as if he has a magic wand to get around the red tape.
Originally posted by apacheman
So how deeply connected to the oil industry is this judge?
I read a report recently that something like 40% of the judges in this area owned oil stocks or were otherwise connected directly to the oil industry.
I smell corruption and conflict of interest here.
Originally posted by Teller
It's very easy to be an environmentalist, when you live in a house with a roof, have food on the table, and clean water to drink.
You can yell at BP all you wish, but the fact of the water is, the oil companies are the ones that keep the world in motion. Is it right? No, but pretending to hate them while being completely reliant on them is a useless debate.
Wanna really show them? Go live in a fort in the middle of the woods using fire for warmth and deer for food.