I was absolutely shocked today to read that this happened.
“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 strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers ”at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford.”
I’m also pretty confused as to what authority this judge or any other has in what the Obama Administration does over drilling permits. My impression is the Interior Department has the legal authority to approve or deny permits for oil drilling on our lands. If they choose to deny them for safety reasons, that should be their prerogative.
*As I finished typing this, I saw a news story that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will reimpose the moratorium with new language*
Friends of the Earth has a great statement on this titled “New Orleans Judge May As Well Have Apologized to BP”, and this usful information at the end…
“The judge in question, Martin Feldman, has recently owned stock in Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, which was involved in the Gulf Horizon disaster. More on that here:http://www.judicialwatch.org/jfd/Feldman_Martin_L_C/2008.pdf “
Some offshore drilling investments include…