Judge lifts offshore drilling ban as ...

Judge lifts offshore drilling ban as 'overbearing'

There are 8 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jun 23, 2010, titled Judge lifts offshore drilling ban as 'overbearing'. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as rash and heavy-handed Tuesday, saying the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too.

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Eric Buell

Chico, CA

#1 Jun 23, 2010
What the judge didn't say was that he has extensive holdings of oil industry stock and a personal interest motivated by greed. You heard it first right here...
Will

Columbus, OH

#2 Jun 23, 2010
Eric Buell wrote:
What the judge didn't say was that he has extensive holdings of oil industry stock and a personal interest motivated by greed. You heard it first right here...
Amen, just checked out that story. Shameful of the judge not to recuse himself from the case. Here's hoping he's off the bench soon.
Jack

Chico, CA

#3 Jun 23, 2010
This judge should have recused himself from this case. His actions are unconscionable.

A financial disclosure form filed by Judge Feldman in May 2009 showed that as recently as 2008, he owned stock in several energy-related firms including Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Screwu

Astoria, NY

#4 Jun 23, 2010
Judge had no money in oil companies. Obama wanted moratorium because he has interest in alternate companies that will give laid off rig workers jobs.
joey95926

United States

#5 Jun 23, 2010
Couldn't Obama create a butt load of jobs finding and implementing ways to retrofit the existing deep water rigs so that this disaster doesn't happen again? I'm just sayin'
Will

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 23, 2010
Screwu wrote:
Judge had no money in oil companies. Obama wanted moratorium because he has interest in alternate companies that will give laid off rig workers jobs.
You're a liar.
ChapmantownsFine st

Tarentum, PA

#7 Jun 23, 2010
As a new New Orleanian that moved to the region to work in the hurricane recovery efforts, I can honestly say that everybody in the Gulf is thankful for this judge's actions. The two biggest industries in Louisiana are oil and seafood. With the seafood industry completely crippled at the moment the state cannot possibly survive if the moratorium is enforced. State, parish and local officials have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the moratorium lifted by the Obama administration, but nobody in Washington is listening, thankfully the judge did. As a native Californian I still believe that big oil is evil, but the residents of Louisiana should not be destined for a life of absolute poverty because of the poor decisions of BP. If you actually knew this region, and its people, you would understand that eliminating the greatest sector of the state's economy would do more harm than good at this point. While I completely understand your points of view, we must first listen to those who are directly impacted.
Will

Columbus, OH

#8 Jun 24, 2010
ChapmantownsFinest wrote:
As a new New Orleanian that moved to the region to work in the hurricane recovery efforts, I can honestly say that everybody in the Gulf is thankful for this judge's actions. The two biggest industries in Louisiana are oil and seafood. With the seafood industry completely crippled at the moment the state cannot possibly survive if the moratorium is enforced. State, parish and local officials have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the moratorium lifted by the Obama administration, but nobody in Washington is listening, thankfully the judge did. As a native Californian I still believe that big oil is evil, but the residents of Louisiana should not be destined for a life of absolute poverty because of the poor decisions of BP. If you actually knew this region, and its people, you would understand that eliminating the greatest sector of the state's economy would do more harm than good at this point. While I completely understand your points of view, we must first listen to those who are directly impacted.
Isn't the moratorium just temporary, and covering FURTHER drilling? I wasn't aware it shut down all existing wells and the pumping of oil from them.

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