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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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "I love the part where he mentions that an airplane crash doesn't justify grounding all airliners. "

    Just goes to show how desperate he was. The analogy is inept. One airplane crashing does not destroy thousands of miles of coastline, entire industries dependent upon that coast line and the wildlife it supports, does not create billions of dollars in expenses for the federal government, i.e., the taxpayers. The analogy was the fig leaf, pal, covering Feldman's arrousal over his own investments in the oil industry. The fact is, most legal standards for whether a preliminary injunction should issue involve a weighing of the potential harms (a) to those against whom it would issue if issued and (b) to those who seek it if it is not issued. Feldman's analogy shows that he was purposefully mischaracterizing that balancing/weighing test to skew it in the direction he wanted it to go.

    June 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  2. Scott

    To Ron,

    BP Agreed to the 20MM escrow. Obama has no authority to force them to do anything. Take off your love goggles and see Obama for what he is. This is a cynical and mostly inept politician who sold you a load of manure about hope and change...

    June 24, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. robbie

    actually when a plane crashes due to SAFETY VIOLATIONS, that actually is grounds for grounding all planes for that company. It's not like Deepwater Horizon blew up because a pigeon got sucked up into a turbine. It went down due to criminal negligence. The judge's comparison here to grounding airplanes is not valid.

    June 24, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. anonymous

    I accidentally submitted a post that was not finished in an earlier ticker item, which was titled: "Haley praises Arizona, rejects notion of additional stimulus." The unfinished post would have continued: "Of course, their base did not know that the Obama Administration actually deported more illegal immigrants in 2009 than Bush did in any of his eight years. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that 387,790 illegal immigrants was deported in 2009, which set an all-time record. ICE expects the number to rise to 400,000 in 2010."

    June 24, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    @bedtime – "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?"
    Here is some information that the lunatic from the bench who has stocks in hallibutron/transocean and bp has fogotten about –
    AA flight #191 on May 25, 1979 (Chicago) – a DC 10 crashed on take off. All DC10s were grounded. It was also the fourth(!) involving a DC 10.
    When the next oil rig explodes and everyone living in the Gulf drowns in it (hope it NEVER happens) you can throw this dimwit from the LA courts and bachman, jindall, the quitter, barton, barbour and every other idiot who would rather kill the Earth than wait six months to make sure all is in place so that no future catastrophes happen.

    June 24, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Jim M

    So what happens when the next oil rig leaks?

    June 24, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Fed up

    Dictator Obama isn't going to like this....he wants everything his way, no questions asked. sounds like everyone here rides there bicycles everywhere they go.

    June 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Don

    Now there's an activist judge for you.

    June 24, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This guy should have recused himself due to his ties to big oil investments. He is a radical, right wing crook.

    June 24, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. thor

    This administration could care less about how many people will be put out of work by keeping the moritorium in place.It still isn't dealing with the rest of the nation when it comes to unemployment. There are just so many temporary cencus jobs to go around.And as for what judges rule they have already showed they could care less about what a judge says,they'll find another way to circumvent the law.

    June 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. christi

    To: proudmemberofpatrioticmob:

    What is your excuse, you blatant idiot? This is what I love to see...another republican who has no idea what reality is in this world.

    June 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. MH

    The fact that the American people don't realize that the GOP is for the oil companies – and ONLY the oil companies is beyond me. Truely remarkable. Wake up and see who is actually FOR THE PEOPLE.

    Definitely NOT anyone in the Republican Party!

    June 24, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Good decision. Perhaps the judiciary can order the Obama administration not to impede cleanup efforts that are being undertaken at the State levels.

    June 24, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Boaz

    If Obama could make any decision that is not jsut strickly politically motivated we may get back on track. Prohibiting some drilling is a good idea but get some people in that actually have worked in a real job in the real world for some advice and set in place tough oversight.

    June 24, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Bob from MD

    Finally a non-activist judge. This is the right thing to do. Drilling shouldn't be stopped because of one accident. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't investigate the cause and where things went wrong.

    June 24, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Soylent Green is US

    Wow, what a bunch of whiners with no moral fiber. There are thousands of people in the Gulf who have no way to make any living except for working on oil rigs and in the oil industry.

    One rig had a problem. It's a big problem but it does not mean that other rigs will.

    When the mining disaster happened a few months ago, Obama did not close down every mine in the United States, did he? Of course not.

    So why should all oil rigs be shut down?

    I could understand if they wanted to shut down all rigs associated with companies that took part in Deepwater Horizon. That might make sense. BUT closing down all rigs is punishment to the people of the Gulf.

    Why not direct your anger at the EPA who has kept most of the ways to capture the oil (skimmers, berms, etc.) from being used? It is the government who is to blame for the oil reaching shore.

    June 24, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. Ferret out the BS

    Some of the judge's comments do lack sensibility. There are times in an industry such as in aviation that a single catastrophic failure can indicate an industrywide problem when using the same equipment. There are several historical examples that bear this out. While denying the moratorium gets people back to work it could prove to be a short sighted disasterous decision. This judge should've recused himself just based on his financial ties creating a conflict of interest.

    June 24, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Hey bedtime, get your facts! Those people were to be compensated. THE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK FOR THOSE 6 MONTHS WERE TO BE COMPENSATED!!!!!!!! Do your want this to happen again? We in louisiana are suffering NOT YOU! People are starting to say they can actually smell the oil because of the heat. These rigs should be checked to avoid loss of life and to keep our enviorment safe. Your hate for Obama has messed up your brain. Get over it, he won!

    June 24, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Freeman S. Peach

    Fried Seafood Platter:

    I went down to the Gulf
    to order a plate
    of that seafood I love
    a true fisherman's fate

    I wanted fried oysters
    fried shrimp and some scallop
    fried flounder and clams
    and a drink with some wallop

    So they brought me a plate
    it was covered in oil
    when I looked at the food
    it did make my blood boil

    I asked what had happened
    to the food I so loved
    the answer was met
    with a push and a shove

    They said 20 billion
    is the price that was paid
    and all was included
    and the deal it was made

    Well how could this happen?
    my face it did grimace
    they all yelled BP
    was the new public menace

    But what of the Fed?
    I asked them quite clearly
    inspections and permits
    where they rubber stamped merely?

    Now a long silence fell
    in that Mariner's Hall
    as I was asked to vacate
    with hey go to hell!

    Now I'm heading on home
    without even one bite
    for eating that oil
    just gives me such fright

    Now I'm leaving the Gulf
    to head for the east
    where there might be seafood
    to ply towards my feast

    For no matter how hungry
    I just can't relate
    to the smell and the taste
    of a crude 50 weight!

    June 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. marcia

    Democrats care nothing for the people of these United States.
    They would blindly follow Obama off a cliff if he told them it
    was the right thing to do!
    And Democrats...you seem to be forgetting that America is still a Republic not a Democracy!

    June 24, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  21. obama victim

    all you left wingnuts should review the recent NBC/WSJ poll.....your boy...and you...are done

    June 24, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. mike

    one minute the republicans are running around for some media
    attention saying to the people in the gulf it is Obama failure to
    respond to this oil spill in the gulf and the next minute they want
    more drilling because of jobs now I wanted to help by taking
    vacation in florida but forget it if they want to continue to pollute
    there water ways then so be it but I am not going to have anything
    to do with it you can't have both ways look at this federal judge
    and that is just one of many people are in the oil companies pocket

    June 24, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Bravo Norma! You are right on and we in Louisiana appreciate your prayers, unlike the Obama haters that are thinking with their hate, you are thinking with your head..

    June 24, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Liz the First

    This 'judge' should have recused himself because of all his oil business investments. no excuse for him to be anywhere near this lawsuit! he must be a rethuglikkklan. another protector of big business over the little guy and the planet. how often to these wastes of skin have to kick the little guy in the teeth before they stop voting repuglican't?????

    June 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Patsy, Texas

    @BedtimeforBonzo: Guess the blast in Texas causing 15 deaths and
    170 injuries due to BP negligence and resulting in 21million fine just
    from OSHA was no big deal.
    Guess the other 730million in fines for BP due to willful violations,
    neglience, etc. is no big deal.
    Guess BP having the worst safety and environmental record of any
    oil company in America is no big deal.
    You really need to update your stupidity, because all of this has
    happened recently. The blast in 2005.

    June 24, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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