Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Feldman Overturns Obama's Drilling Moratorium

The AP reports and Nola.com and WWL TV repeat that U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman granted a preliminary injunction against the temporary deepwater drilling moratorium the federal government put in place since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up and created the nation's worst environmental disaster ever. You may view Judge Feldman's ruling as a PDF here. The White House said it will immediately appeal the judge's ruling.

Per the AP story:
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers "at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford."
Local businesses filed the lawsuit against the moratorium, but I am sure Republicans will call today's ruling a victory.

I expected Feldman to rule in favor of the companies. Slabbed says anyone who doubted this outcome should have looked at the judge's oily financial statements, and Mother Jones reports that in 2008, Feldman's had stock in TransOcean.
He has also recently owned stock in offshore drilling or oilfield service providers Halliburton, Prospect Energy, Hercules Offshore, Parker Drilling Co., and ATP Oil & Gas. Feldman was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
And now a word from a BP whistleblower, Tyrone Benton. He survived the fatal explosion of April 20 that killed 11 people. There have been quite a few people stepping forward to say BP doesn't give a damn about safety, however. Neither does Judge Feldman, I suppose.


msladyDeborah said...

I am sure that the GOP is dancing in the halls-at least for today. But this is madness trying to continue. Neither Transocean or BP has yet to prove that they are not a total hazard to the safety and well being of the United States.

Greenpeace's radical form of environmentalism is beginning to look real good. I hope that the judge's ruling is over turned.

Vérité Parlant said...

He's so oily. It should be overturned on those grounds alone.

Naomi Johnson said...

Feldman should have recused himself. But our government is so corrupt, at every level.

LaToya said...

I'm sorry. I am totally against this moratorium. I actually don't know anybody who is for it.

Almost everybody that I associate with on a daily basis has been deeply affected by this ban. People that know that if it lasts a few weeks longer and these companies pull out, they will be struggling...along with 20% of Louisiana's workforce...

People are being punished for the negligence of Big Oil and the government...as if we weren't suffering enough...

Vérité Parlant said...

LaToya, Louisiana should plan for the future and get off the oil pipe. Oil is finite. Tell your friends to live by the oil pipe is shortsighted. Our politicians have done us a disservice by being too dependent on the oil industry and not diversifying the economy.

But I suppose, now that the Gulf is ruined and will take years to recover, and the fishermen won't have jobs anyway, and Bobby Jindal is cutting education budgets, oil is all some people will ever know. That's sad. I guess the logic is drill it until you kill it and everything else be damned.