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Judge blocks deepwater drilling moratorium....

by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 4:42 AM PDT

or is it morontorium? A really stupid idea.


New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Several dozen plaintiffs had sued the Obama administration, arguing the ban would create long-term economic harm to their businesses.

President Obama ordered the moratorium after the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig off Louisiana that killed 11 people and triggered an underwater oil gusher.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the government will immediately appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
They're going to appeal?! How foolish. Why does Obama hate the Gulf?

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They're going to appeal?
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 5:28 AM PDT

good for them....

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yes, for them
by James Denison / June 22, 2010 5:46 AM PDT

Not for the people who live and work there in the industry. It's all about them, or HIM.

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Obama doesn't care...
by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 5:56 AM PDT
In reply to: yes, for them

about the small people!

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RE: small people!
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 7:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Obama doesn't care...

BIG oil?

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RE: small people?
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 8:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Obama doesn't care...

didn't what'shisface get whatfor for using that term?

There are no small people only small minds?

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by Steven Haninger / June 22, 2010 9:37 AM PDT
In reply to: RE: small people?

Well, Leona Helmsley said something close

Queen of Mean

and she was a "big money dilbert".

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BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg
by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 10:23 AM PDT
In reply to: what'shisface?

That's whom I was referring to. Figured people would get it.

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you said
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 10:57 AM PDT

OBAMA doesn't care... about the small people!

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New morontorium...
by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 8:57 PM PDT
In reply to: Obama doesn't care...

To hell with the workers, comrade...


Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a statement Tuesday saying he would issue a new moratorium quickly.

"We see clear evidence every day, as oil spills from BP's well, of the need for a pause on deepwater drilling," Salazar said in a statement. "That evidence mounts as BP continues to be unable to stop its blowout, notwithstanding the huge efforts and help from the federal scientific team and most major oil companies operating in the Gulf of Mexico."

Salazar's statement did not give an exact date for when the new order would be imposed, saying only "in the coming days."
The government's own experts were against the moratorium, but were overruled for political reasons.

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Salazar?s own experts opposed drilling moratorium
by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 9:04 PM PDT
In reply to: New morontorium...

?We broadly agree with the detailed recommendations in the report and compliment the Department of Interior for its efforts. However, we do not agree with the six month blanket moratorium on floating drilling,? they write. ?A moratorium was added after the final review and was never agreed to by the contributors.? The panel members say the blanket moratorium will not measurably reduce risk and will have a lasting impact on the nation?s economy, which may greater than that of the oil spill. They say Salazar?s report highlights the safety record of the industry in drilling more than 50,000 wells on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, more than 2,000 of which were in water over 1,000 feet and 700 in depths greater than 5,000 feet. Noting that the safety of offshore workers is much better than that of the average worker in the U.S., they write, ?We have been using subsea blowout preventers since the mid-1960s. The only other major pollution event from offshore drilling was 41 years ago. This was from a shallow water platform in Santa Barbara Channel drilled with a BOP on the surface of the platform.?
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RE: The government's own experts were against the moratorium
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 9:38 PM PDT
In reply to: New morontorium...

The government's own experts were against the moratorium, but were overruled for political reasons

Government hires "experts" for opinions, THEN Government MAKES decisions.

They should have hired "experts" with a different opinion, then they would have been following "expert" opinions. (still for political reasons?)

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They are sliming the judge too. Dirty politics at it's worst
by James Denison / June 22, 2010 9:57 PM PDT
In reply to: New morontorium...

Curt Anderson and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writers, On Wednesday June 23, 2010, 7:04 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He's also a new member of a secret national security court.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, reported owning less than $15,000 in stock in 2008 in Transocean Ltd., the company that owned the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.

Feldman's 2008 financial disclosure report -- the most recent available -- also showed investments in Ocean Energy, a Houston-based company, as well as Quicksilver Resources, Prospect Energy, Peabody Energy, Halliburton, Pengrowth Energy Trust, Atlas Energy Resources, Parker Drilling and others. Halliburton was also involved in the doomed Deepwater Horizon project.

Feldman did not respond to requests for comment and to clarify whether he still holds some or all of these investments.

He's one of many federal judges across the Gulf Coast region with money in oil and gas. Several have disqualified themselves from hearing spill-related lawsuits and others have sold their holdings so they can preside over some of the 200-plus cases.

Feldman's ruling prohibits federal officials from enforcing the moratorium until a trial is held.

(jd-What? Due Process Needed? SHOCKING!)
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Is this Curt Anderson an Obama Operative?

Is the above a slime story released by this Curt Anderson under guise of AP reporter? The particular Curt's not only a supporter of Obama, but even canvassed in Maryland to help get Obama elected. He's a "former" reporter in Maryland.


I like the Editor's disclaimer here about the Curt Anderson report.

Picture of this Curt Anderson working for Obama campaign in South Carolina

Or is it a different Curt Anderson?

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Michael Kunzelman?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 23, 2010 5:45 AM PDT

Story by Michael Kunzelman with contributions by a Curt Anderson and Melissa R. Nelson?

It's always good practice for newspapers and news reporters to research their stories before publishing of course. I assume AP does that?

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I don't know what's up at AP lately
by James Denison / June 23, 2010 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Michael Kunzelman?

I know that when Pat Robertson was trying to buy UPI a few years back, they about had a heart attack over it, LOL. I think a few there actually did. Wink

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That kind of thing is to be expected....
by EdHannigan / June 22, 2010 10:25 PM PDT

when we're in permanent campaign mode. What puzzles me is how the Admin thinks they can get away with their shenanigans. Do they think no one will notice? Or do they just not care?

Countdown (as of June 23) until Obama leaves Office:
942 Days, 04 Hours, 34 Minutes, 59 Seconds.

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RE: Countdown (as of June 23) until Obama leaves Office:
by JP Bill / June 22, 2010 11:22 PM PDT

I visit another site where people countdown to certain events, unfortunately they give DAILY updates.

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(NT) It seemed "Much Longer" when Bush was in office.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 23, 2010 5:46 AM PDT
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To some, perhaps...
by EdHannigan / June 24, 2010 3:40 AM PDT

but not to all. Of course, Bush was elected to two terms.

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Judge paves way for deepwater drilling in Gulf
by EdHannigan / June 24, 2010 3:38 AM PDT
In reply to: New morontorium...

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- Paving the way for deepwater drilling to resume in the Gulf of Mexico, a federal judge on Thursday denied a request to keep a moratorium in place pending a government appeal.


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by DouglasBlake11 / June 24, 2010 4:30 AM PDT

Well i think he sees it as the previous accident. He shouldn't put everything in one box, if this happened to one it will most likely happen to all of them. Bad idea

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It's not so much that he hates the Gulf...
by C1ay / June 24, 2010 4:32 AM PDT

...he prefers foreign oil dependence and higher cash flow to those that hate us!

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What rubbish. There's a chance that this could turn out
by Ziks511 / June 26, 2010 6:25 AM PDT

to be the worst environmental disaster in the history of mankind. It is certainly wiping out hundreds if not thousands of sea animals, and there is no guarantee that the well can be shut down even with the relief well successfully drilled. Additionally the rock strata may be so seriously damaged that there may be no way to stop it leaking constantly.

It's big oil who drill on the taxpayers dime (it's called an Oil Depletion Allowance) and then fail to follow their own safety rules, kill a bunch of their own people and put the fisheries out of business and insist that it won't happen again.

Go buy swampland in Florida. The odds are that it is far enough from the sea that it won't be contaminated.


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