After one of the largest environmental calamities in history and President Obama's appeal to suspend deep sea drilling for six months pending the investigations into how this happened - Judge who is previously known to have invested in the oil industry over-rules caution and decides to " Drill baby Drill.
There is no sign yet of intelligence on planet Earth. ( Comments Colin Andrews )
Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer –
June 22, 2010 (54 mins ago) 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 that until investigations can determine why the spill happened, continued deepwater drilling could expose workers and the environment to "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.
"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," he wrote.
Feldman's financial disclosure report for 2008, the most recent available, shows holdings in at least eight petroleum companies or companies that invest in them, including Transocean Ltd., which owned the Deepwater Horizon. The report shows that most of his holdings were valued at less than $15,000, though it did not provide specific amounts.
“The power of influence from big oil knows no bounds - with the Gulf filling with oil and the sky of Methane Gas, wildlife of all kinds in terrible trouble - too late for some, a single heavily biased Judge decides no caution necessary. Where do these people come from? “
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