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."The Associated
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.
quote: You know he can't get enough of screwing! He did it for 8 years, screwing my America. And look what happened to the land. Economic failure all around. The nation has never been in such a sad state as it was when the maggot left office.
quote: Fortunately, when Mr. Obama was elected...at the howls and cries of all the horrified Repubs...I finally felt a sense of peace and relief about the future...as long as we put the Repubs down and don't ever let them up again.
quote: Oh...by the way...Repubs are clear and plain liars. R. Lim'burger Cheeze Wizard said he would vacate the nation should the health reform bill pass. Um...where is the fat, dopehead, slob right now?