Federal Judge Strikes Down Drilling Ban

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled against the federal government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge Martin Feldman has ordered the federal government to halt its implementation of the six-month moratorium, based on arguments by several oil companies that the suspension would hurt their business.

In his ruling, Feldman also noted that while the federal government presented "compelling recommendations" that new safety regulations are needed as a result of the Deepwater Horizon incident, it did not present conclusive evidence that new deepwater drilling projects "put us all in a universal threat of irreparable harm."

As the Associated Press reports, several oil companies testified before Feldman in New Orleans on Monday, claiming that the federal government failed to prove 33 deepwater wells were dangerous before issuing the moratorium.

President Barack Obama announced the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as part of a series of new regulations designed to create greater oversight of the oil industry, following the nation's worst oil disaster. The federal government has indicated it will appeal Feldman's decision, according to the AP.

 

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shadeed ahmad from New York City

I wonder what part of BP's two hundred and forty billion dollars got to Judge Martin Feldman's judgement? Humanity can chock up another mark of favoritism towards the status quo. The ecology of Earth is subservient to corporate greed as usual. It appears that after all the life has been snuffed out of Earth, the rich, powerful and greedy will just leave the planet and pillage somewhere else in their insatiable need to disrespect GOD and sentient beings. These must be "the last days." How else could such blatant atrocities be so deceitfully supported on such a wide scale by government while the fate of all sentient beings is in peril? May GOD have mercy on us all because evil is unrelenting. Humanity is still killing itself off, and all to often without a prayer and/the self-respect to realize that it is working for evil by being passive towards the status quo's ever present evil designs. Sincerely, Shadeed R. Ahmad (6-22-10)

Jun. 22 2010 06:42 PM

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