Breaking: Judge blocks Obama’s oil drilling moratorium

Posted by: ST on June 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Huge news. The headline’s up at Reuters but no story link yet. Will post story when it becomes available …

Update – 2:08 PM: Here it is:

(Reuters) – A judge on Tuesday ruled against the Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the wake of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a blow to the White House which had hoped the ban would provide time to ensure other wells are operating safely.

A lawsuit was filed by Louisiana-based Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC and was joined by more than a dozen companies involved in offshore drilling operations to reverse the drilling ban imposed by the U.S. Department of Interior.

A federal judge in Louisiana granted the drillers’ request for a preliminary restraining order that would prevent the ban from taking effect.

If this sticks even after the White House’s appeal, does this mean that BP can rest a little easier knowing Obama could no longer have them on the hook for the lost wages of these companies as a result of the his moratorium (at least at the point they start back to working)?

Stay tuned …

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8 Responses to “Breaking: Judge blocks Obama’s oil drilling moratorium”


  1. Carlos says:

    From the AP: “Government lawyers said the Interior Department has demonstrated industry regulators need more time to study the risks of deepwater drilling and identify ways to make it safer. ”

    Really? I thought the regulators are in fact the experts in safety, and that is why they are the regulators.

    What this tells me is that the hirings were strictly political, and the regulators didn’t have a clue. Is this the same as the “regulators” for Wall Street? Apparently so, because their lack of foresight sure did a number on the economy.

    And what about pension funds? I know they are “regulated” also. Are the “regulators” just as competent there. too?

    The list is nearly endless, but the question remains: If this is the level of competence in government regulation, why do we have government regulations? Other than to allow Congress to feel like they are guiding us poor, witless greedy jerks away from the temptation of ruining others’ lives?

    Socialists don’t have a clue.

  2. Old Goat says:

    This can’t be! The “one” is a supreme legal mind, so we have been told, and his brightness couldn’t have possibly done something wrong that some backwater judge would dare to go against him and his orders from on high.

    Oh, what a world, what a world.

  3. Remember “there are some areas where my authority is absolute”?
    Separation of powers can be a wonderful thing.

  4. puffpiece says:

    I love it: “the Secretary was arbitrary and capricious” etc..

    What a slap-down!:d

  5. nina says:

    Finally people are starting to rise against the marxist.:d

  6. Old Goat says:

    I believe that Obama has enjoyed having far more power than he is allowed, some of that due to fear of the racist tag. Lately, that racist stuff just isn’t flying, its the crying wolf type syndrome where it just gets ignored because of being over played.

    With his popularity falling and people all across this nation waking up to the failure of the man at the helm, more will feel able to stand up to him.

    He won’t see it coming though, as I don’t think he is capable of seeing himself ever making an error. The fall will be a particularly hard one for this narcissist.

  7. Carlos says:

    I’d sure like to get a peak at his school records, and the notes the instructors invariably make. He was an affirmative action enrollee at Hawvud, and he has accomplished nothing since his first day at Hawvud to convince me he understands anything at all, let alone constitutional law.

    Of course, being egged on by the likes of Salazar and Holder just makes him look as bad as he really is anyway.

    And maybe he can talk Van Jones into arguing the case before the Court of Appeals.

    I’m just glad it’s not going to the Ninth Circus. It would be a slam dunk for the admin there.

  8. Tass says:

    Just read that Salazar said he would just issue another order to stop all drilling.

    What some folks aren’t getting is the long term effects of the moratorium. The rigs won’t sit idle until 6-8-12 months from now when the ‘government’ finally gives it’s blessing. Those rigs will be moved to other seas/countries and they won’t come back.