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Judge has ties to oil industry and owns stock in major companies involved in the spill

The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is still on going with the leaking well pouring thousands and thousands of barrels of crude oil into the waters daily. So far, BP has been unable to stop the flow of crude from leaking into the waters.

The Obama administration had placed a six-month ban on deep-water drilling in the gulf until an investigation could be conducted to determine what caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon platform that triggered the massive Gulf oil spill.

A federal judge lifted the ban placed on deep-water drilling in the Gulf yesterday. The judge who lifted with ban is U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman. Feldman issued a 22-page order that would allow oil companies to resume to drilling in the Gulf. However, the White House says that it will file an immediate appeal and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says that it will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on drilling that gives more detail on why the 6-month ban is needed.

Feldman said in his order that there was not enough justification in the drilling ban to justify the action taken by Obama and the White House. Feldman wrote, "A blanket moratorium, with no parameters seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger."

Feldman also wrote, "If some drilling-equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing."

Associated Press has noted that Feldman has ties to the oil industry and as recently as 2008, he owned stock in several oil companies. AP reports that Feldman listed in 2008 that he owned less than $15,000 in stock in Transocean Ltd. Transocean is the company that owns the Deepwater Horizon platform.

While some suggest that Feldman is biased because of his ties to the oil industry, at least one expert sees no signs of bias in the ruling. Tim Howards, a law professor at Northeastern University said, "There's been some concern that he is biased toward the industry, but I don't see it in this opinion. They [the White House] overreacted and just shut an industry down, rather than focusing on where the problems are."

However, Josh Reichert, managing director of Pew Environment Group said, "If Judge Feldman has any investments in oil and gas operators in the Gulf, it represents a flagrant conflict of interest."

Even though the ruling by Feldman would allow drilling to restart in the gulf, some major oil companies are holding off knowing an appeal is coming soon. Shell and Marathon are waiting to see what happens with the appeal before getting back to drilling.

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RE: actually..
By Dorkyman on 6/23/2010 12:48:13 PM , Rating: 1
Wow...where to begin...

You really should read a variety of material besides just the hard-left drivel out there.

You are right about one thing--the Repubs want to bring Messiah down. They (and I) believe him to be utterly incompetent and a danger to the country.

Oh, by the way, no one ever said they wanted AMERICA to fail--Rush said he wanted OBAMA to fail. A different desire, don't you think?

I am also stunned at your racism. No one I know or associate with gives a cr*p about Messiah's skin color. And for the record, technically he's not "black." He's 50% white, 43% Arab, 7% black.

See you at the polls in November. Bring a tissue.

RE: actually..
By MartyLK on 6/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: actually..
By Quadrillity on 6/23/2010 1:15:38 PM , Rating: 2
What happens when the Commander in Chief fails? Here's a hint for your inbred brain cells: America fails.

You know 100% of nothing about our political system, so stop acting like you do, moron.
I must have struck a nerve with you. lol :D President Obama will be this nations best president ever in it's history.

pppffftt....ha...HAHAH...HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, you're serious?
Now...don't you have babies to rape? That's what most of you Repubs do, isn't it? Incest? Isn't that your thing?

It's funny that you mention babies. Do you know that Obama supports late term abortion? That's right, Obama is in favor of people shoving a tube in a babies head and sucking its brain out before medically dilating the cervix and passing the dead baby.

I REALLY want to see how you defend that one.

RE: actually..
By MartyLK on 6/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: actually..
By Quadrillity on 6/23/2010 1:29:23 PM , Rating: 2
LOL...and you and the rest of your hypocritical kind are in favor of letting those unwanted babies grow up to the slavery you all try to impose on life.

So now I am a slave master? HAHA
What's worse, killing a baby before first breath or in an illegal military campaign?

So you defend murdering babies right? You need to check yourself into a behavioral health facility. And yes, I am dead serious. You have mental problems.
I don't have to defend anything...idiot. You do though. Because you know in your inner being you are the devil incarnate. You, and the the rest of your horde.

You know, Ben Franklin is the devil also. He did invent electricity, after all.

RE: actually..
By MartyLK on 6/23/10, Rating: -1
RE: actually..
By Quadrillity on 6/23/2010 1:17:34 PM , Rating: 2
Again I'll say: You are a racist. The sad part is that you don't even know that you are one.

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