Thursday, February 03, 2011

Judge holds Interior Dept. in contempt over ban

Now we have a federal judge ruling that the Interior Department of the United States of America is in contempt of his court.

The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill held the Interior Department in contempt Wednesday, and ordered the federal agency to pay attorneys' fees for several offshore oil companies.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman chided the department for its "dismissive conduct" after he overturned the agency's decision to halt any new permits for deepwater projects and suspend drilling on 33 exploratory wells after the Deepwater Horizon blast, which killed 11 workers and triggered the massive spill.

After Feldman overturned the government's moratorium in June, the agency issued a second nearly identical suspension.

"Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government's contempt of this court's preliminary injunction order," he wrote.

A magistrate will consider how much the companies' attorneys should get.

An Interior Department spokeswoman wouldn't comment. A lawyer for the companies hailed the ruling.

"We're obviously delighted with the court's recognition of the government's manipulation of the judicial review process," said Carl Rosenblum, an attorney for Hornbeck Offshore Services and other companies that sued over the first moratorium.

Rosenblum said the companies haven't asked for a specific amount and aren't trying to profit.

"The end game has always been to put people back to work," he said......


Good job Judge Feldman.

Now we need someone to rule that the Interior Department is in contempt of the American People and the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Interior Department ... a glaring example of the intention of "progressive" politicians ... and how they will abuse the power and trust of the American People.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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Blogger Locutisprime said...

The lawless obey no laws. And neither will this administration.

10:05 PM  

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