Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Now battle lines are being drawn between a Federal Judge and the White House... the Federal Judge ruling that for the White House to shut down the industry of an entire region the White House needs something more than the personal opinion of the president to enact such a drastic measure.... in other words... a federal judge has decided that the president isn't quite at the vaulted level of 'dictator' just yet.

Yahoo news report
Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.

The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

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."

Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium.

They argued it was arbitrarily imposed after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 workers and blew out the well 5,000 feet underwater. It has spewed anywhere from 67 million to 127 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Feldman sided with the companies, saying in his ruling the Interior Department assumed that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.

"The Deepwater Horizon oil spill is an unprecedented, sad, ugly and inhuman disaster," he wrote. "What seems clear is that the federal government has been pressed by what happened on the Deepwater Horizon into an otherwise sweeping confirmation that all Gulf deepwater drilling activities put us all in a universal threat of irreparable harm."

His ruling prohibits federal officials from enforcing the moratorium until a trial is held. He did not set a trial date.....

Anyone want to wager that this judge won't be recommended for a spot on the SCOTUS while the current administration is in the White House?


xtnyoda, shalomed

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Blogger Locutisprime said...

Sorry, nothing to see here folks....move along.

That is the reality on this one Chuck. Obama and Holder will just appeal it and get it over turned at the appelate level. After that? It will be the end of his presidency before the case would ever come before the Supremes.

So this is a flash in the pan ruling by this judge IMO.

3:46 PM  
Blogger XtnYoda said...

Now they are saying the judge has investments in the oil industry. Going for the character issue... nothing new here either.

2:14 PM  

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