June 24th, 2010
12:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Judge denies administration request to maintain drilling ban

(CNN) - A federal judge has denied the Obama administration's request to stay his ruling lifting a moratorium on offshore drilling moratorium until an appeals court could review the case.

In an emergency hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman denied the government's motion to stay pending appeal "for the same reasons given in [the] Court's June 22, 2010 order granting the plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction."

The six-month ban had halted all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevented new permits from being issued.

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  1. Linda

    Of course he is going to deny a stay – Feldman is ian the pockets
    of big oil.

    He should be removed from the bench immediately, and

    What a conflict of interest this idiot is.

    June 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. RAG

    A least the oil companies are getting their moneys worth. This guy STAYS bought!

    June 24, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    Feldman should recuse himself from this case due to his personal investments in the Oil and Gas industry.

    We need impartial judges.

    June 24, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Tam

    What are his stock holdings?

    June 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. one voice

    This judge needs to be thrown out, He's obviously a Corporate Shill plant with big oil stock options and secret million dollar envelopes. CROOK

    June 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Stacie

    Fine. Then Bobby and his gang can clean up all the crap that comes to their shores. They want state's rights, then they get state's responsibility to clean up whatever these greedy companies do off their shores. I live in the north, but I've been very concerned about the small businessmen, fishermen and families of the gulf. However, I've had about enough. If they don't want to protect their own shores, why the heck do I care what happens to them. We all must live with our decisions! Good Luck with that Bobby and gang!

    June 24, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Stymie

    obama is having a rough week.

    June 24, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. MichaelK

    This judge should have recused himself. He owns stock in several affected companies and is not qualified to judge impartially. So many like to shout out 'impeachment'. Let's count the honorable ones now.

    June 24, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Will the right wingnuts blame Obama that a right wingnut, BP bought and paid for, judge wants to trash all the gulf states with oil? Time for the federal government to pull out and quit trying to save the south from their own stupidity.

    June 24, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. norma

    I'm praying for the families of the gulf coast. If anything else happens with deep water rigs, it will be the end of life in that area. All the major companies have said they do not have the knowledge or equipment to stop a leak that far down. Why on earth is this judge so short sighted? Yes, the people who were going to work on those rigs won't be able to work until it can be determined as safe to do so. However, if they do begin drilling on these few deep water rigs, and there is another spill, sooooo many more people are out of work and many more could die!

    June 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. malabar

    Drill, baby drill! keep us viable. and dont preach until ur off oil urself, hypocrites.

    June 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I'm not sure why they went back to the same judge (probably just part of the legal formality). But they had to know that once bought by the oil industry, this neo-tard judge will always be bought by the oil industry.

    It is sad indeed that we have corrupt rightwing dopes inserted on the Federal benches by other rightwing empty-heads (Reagan), for the mere reason that they worship the same rightwing fairytales as truth. These lard heads commit judicial activism at a much higher rate than progressive judges.....and yet we have lame-brain "conservatives" hypocritically wailing about "liberal" judicial activism.....it boggles the sensible mind.

    June 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Feldman's 2008 financial disclosures showed he owned stock in Transocean.


    June 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Good. The ban was no more than a political fig leaf that would destroy thousands of jobs. Deepwater Horizon was the first major accident in 40 years. Read Judge Feldman's opinion - I love the part where he mentions that an airplane crash doesn't justify grounding all airliners. And for those of you who will claim he was bought off, where's you evidence? Anyone? Federal judges have lifetime appointments - there's no campaign cash pressure.

    June 24, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. get real

    It's official, breathing the toxins in the oil tainted air causes brain damage. Get this judge an oxygen mask.

    June 24, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. John in Brooklyn

    After all, now that the GOBP Supreme Court has granted Bill of Rights gurantees to corporations, we wouldn't want to infringe on the civil rights of Big Oil now would we. This judge is simply following his boss' lead.

    June 24, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This judge should not be handling this case. He has a conflict of interest due to the fact that he has so much money invested in the oil companies. The department of justice should look into this idiots motives for letting these companies go back to drilling before we can stop the destruction of the gulf, and make sure these people have a solution to stop another diaster like we have in the gulf. This is plan old greed.

    June 24, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Ron

    Win one for the GOP! Nicely done. Now all you need to do is get rid of that miserable $20B Obama forced BP to set aside (in a "shake down") to help all those dumb rebulicans on the gulf coast! Poor saps. Not even smart enough to see that Obama's looking out for them and the GOP is looking out for BP and corporate interest. There's a reason the south votes republican. Maybe, this will help those republican fishermen, hotel owners, and others who bank on tourism or fishing to see that the GOP doesn't give a darn about them. But, oh yeah, there are no republican business owners or fishermen being hurt by the BP oil spill. They're all democrats.......or should be come Nov!! Go ahead, Mr. President, let BP off the hook. We taxpayers would like nothing more than cover the bill for them. That way they will have more money to buy elections since the supreme court said corporations are the equivalent of people. Come on folks? Really?

    June 24, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Asa

    Thank God for small favors. But we would not be in this dire a situation if wack job environmentalist had not pushed all drilling so far off shore. As seen the issues with trying to cap a well a mile deep needed more governmental oversight on who and how these wells are completed. BP took shortcuts that our lease agreement and oversight should have prohibited.

    June 24, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. D.Tree

    Corporations have too much power in our country. This judge has financial ties to the oil industry. First the Supreme Court says Corporations have the same rights as Citizens, now this judge says corporations have more rights than the President. We need to stop this oil madness and invest in alternative energy, but the oil companies and judges in their pocket are holding their feet on the brakes!

    June 24, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Another loss for this inept, corrupt union toady administration. The losses just keep on mounting and the chaos keeps growing. I do believe he has now topped Carter in terms of mismanagement and ineptness and Grant and Harding in terms of corruption. I note that the libertards, in their typical fashion, demonize the judge with common sense as is the common trait of libertards.

    June 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Bertina

    Clearly this isn't over.

    June 24, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Grog in Ohio

    Spill, baby, spill. Can Judge Feldman be charged as a accessory to manslaughter if another rig blows up and kills the employees on board? No need to bother trying to find out WHY the thing blew up!

    June 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. PalmReader

    Bad, bad timing for the GOPers to show their Drill Baby Drill score cards so publicly. Truth be told, I'm fast losing my sympathy for this GOP crowd of profit seeking cry-babies.

    Either we check to guarantee that future wells are being drilled with the proper safeguards to prevent future blow-outs, or we stop drilling entirely.

    Spill Baby Spill is no longer an option.

    June 24, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    How much money does this judge have invested in Haliburton, Transocean and BP?

    June 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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