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. geecee

    Isn't it just the "deep water" drilling wells that the Obama Administration wants a moratorium on? Not all the wells in the Gulf, correct? There are supposedly hundreds of wells drilling, and Obama just wants 33 "deep-water" rigs to suspend operation until they can prove they are safe. What's wrong with that? Let BP pay for the salaries of the workers who are effected by this moratorium. It is, after all, a direct result of BP's carelessness that the moratorium is necessary. How many workers are actually affected by this? I think it is more that the oil companies who will lose money, and Heaven forbid any oil company whatsoever should actually lose money, instead of making record quarterly profits as they usually do. Yes, we are all about oil!

    June 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Rickster

    This judge has investments in the oil and gas industries and we want to make that an issue? Ok, fine...........then let's look at every judge's investment portfolio before they are allowed to rule on an issue.
    And let's not forget that the bigger problem here is the pathetic, incompetent response of Obama who is so far over his head he doesn't have the slightest idea what to do.

    June 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Welcome to Oblahblah's Banana Republic

    I just love the video of Oblah-blah's great scientists Chu. You have to see it. He states how BP is going to save he world after BP gave him a huge donation. ROTFLMAO

    June 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. rob

    For you people who say this judge is bought just look at how much$ President Obama and the Dems got from BP. Not to mention BP was in favor of the Admins Cap and trade Bill. In the initial ruling the Judge used very strong language (not mentioned in DNCNN's reporting) about how the "Experts" were deceived by the Administration about the moratorium in the first place.

    If this was say a McCain/ Palin Administration, does anyone with an ounce of brains believe the media wouldn't be leading the charge telling us how horribly this whole thing has been handled? DNCNN would have a constant stream of the "Victims" of the disaster who would all be asking what is the McCain Administration doing to help them. Instead the media takes the talking points from the Admin and blames BP, and the Bush Admin 24/7 for everything while telling us the President is angry and wants to know "Whose ass to kick" etc.

    Unfortunately history will have to be the ultimate judge of this situation.

    June 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Riley

    Sorry Obama but you can't win this one. DRILL BABY DRILL.

    Obama is CLUELESS!

    June 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |

    Judge Feldman should have recused himself from this case, as, he has had dealings (invested stock) with Transocean one or two years ago.

    Money talks, nay, screams. And the affected peoples in the Gulf coast area.....well....((shrug)) screw 'em. Right?

    Judge Feldman's ruling seems not in the best interests of the affected Gulf coast residents. Meh. What do I know?

    June 24, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    When will those morons who trash Jimmy Carter realize he created 4 times as many jobs in one term as the idiot Bush the younger did in two terms. As for measures of being the worst, most inept president in history, that honor will always belong to "W," no matter how hard you try to rewrite history.

    June 24, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    And what else is new? Surprise, surprise. Drill baby, drill is still alive and well in the Republican party (even if it is a federal judge...who usually appointed anyway).

    June 24, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. normajean

    I certainly hope that Judge Feldman is a wealthy man because the next oil leak is on him. This is beyond ridiculous. If one oil well can blow up due to money saving on managements part, then who's to say there aren't other wells in trouble already. What happens when the heavy winter weather takes over in the Gulf area? This really is another disaster just waiting to happen. They still don't have the original blow up even half way under control . There are some mindless people running this oil program.Heaven help us."If it can"..

    June 24, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. lolo

    This is all about the money in their pockets. Bet he is a republican? It was okay for Mr. Bush/Cheney to deregulate everything so long as everyone got paid who went along. And to think that their followers think that it is okay. Only in America.

    June 24, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. beevee

    Looks like this idiot judge is not thinking rationally about the moratorium on drilling and the good it will do for everybody. Can any one tell this guy that he sould not be holding a judicial office with such biased attitude.

    June 24, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. hobart

    Just another example of just how loathsome are Republicans and their oil company pals who write their own regulations, their shills in MMS who won't even enforce those watered down regulations, and their bought and paid for judges who will always side with big oil. Should this get appealed and go up to the Supreme Court, guess what? Roberts and his loathsome cronies who've already taken elections out of the hands of voters and put them squarely into the hands of unlimited corporate funding, they too will side with big oil.

    Why is it that Republicans and their big oil pals won't even wait until they figure out how to stop the current leak and disaster before they go ahead and risk another one? Why is it that Republicans and their big oil pals won't even develop the technology to prevent future disasters before they drill again? Why is this judge so determined to cram his evil agenda, the end of the oceans and all jobs other than big oil that depend on them, down our throats?

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    When will America stand up and throw these bastards out on their kiesters?

    June 24, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Ron

    Let me see if I get this straight? Obama and his administration exceeds their legal abilities and incorporates an illegal action which a federal judge identifies and tells the Executive Branch they cannot do that. Then incompetent individuals question the legal ruling of a federal judge?

    So in other words the law doesn't matter. A judge should follow what an extreme liberal believes whether it is legal or not? Well, from what this administration has been doing I guess that is certainly the way a liberal believes – regardless of the law they should be able to do whatever they want. Hmmmm, that pretty much sums up this crazy administration and their kool-aid drinking supporters.

    June 24, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. vet in tx

    @ – aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob June 24th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

    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.
    You really do have a short memory don't you. The previous administration has all of them beat specifically the Pierce administration who BTW was led by the great great grandfather of Barbara Bush.......Your hate definitely shows in your comments. This is obviously corruption at it's worse regarding the judge and all you can come up with is inept, corrupt, and toady.......Obviously your holding financial ties like this judge.

    June 24, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  15. JO

    Just last April, less than 3 months ago, there were 29 miners killed in West Virginia because a large corporation was allowed to put profit before people.

    Now 11 more people have died on that oil rig because a large corporation put profit before people. And the suffering and expense from this oil spill disaster will continue for years, even if we stop hearing about it from the media.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! This is your country. Take it back.

    June 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. T

    The judge is a REP., and think like the GOBO...GO BIG OIL....
    they dont care about the people just their pockets. What is this world coming to. GOD put your hands on them.

    June 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. JP

    It's really sad that the administration would try accumulate political mileage out of a National tragedy.

    In a way every decision looks so politically motivated; securing the border, Afghan deadline, the oil clean up efforts and on and on goes the list. As said, “Not that I loved America less, but I loved the party more”.

    June 24, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. JonDie

    This rich judge owns stock in the companies so, of course, he's willing to risk another disaster to make a buck.

    June 24, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Michael from Ventura

    The republicans are showing themselves at just the right time- keep putting money over people and the people will eventually catch on. Many of us caught on YEARS ago.

    June 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. Jacob

    Big Oil, big mess. But what do they–or the judge–care if the Gulf becomes a dead zone? Corporate greed combined with America's oil addiction is a sure omen for an overdose to Nature.

    June 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Peace

    We learn through mistakes. It is obvious mistakes or rather negligence was made which led to the spill. I get difficulties to understand how the judge can allow the drilling to continue without precautions being set in place!

    June 24, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  22. JR

    It seems so estrange that one judge could have such power, similar to the one judges had in the Old Testament (Bible).
    The difference is, during that time (Old Testament), the judge was the unchallenged head of state. He/she was also directly connected to God, so he/she knew a lot and more than everybody.
    Today, we have a national elected US President and his/her cabinet, with highly qualified experts and counselors. If one judge alone, could, from his/her office, reverse any decision of the Federal Government whenever he/she wants too, then something should be wrong. I am not sure if Kings and Queens still have such unchallenged power.
    The only thing the judge could have done in this case, would have to rule is if the POTUS has the competency and the authority over that matter. If so, then he/she (POTUS) should have the last word. The POTUS is supposed to be the head of State.
    In this situation, I think that the POTUS has the authority and the responsibility to act

    June 24, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  23. Ben

    Stacie: So it was Jindals decision to put LA next to the ocean? That's somehow his fault?

    Get a clue. Jindal's been crying for help from our illustrious government from Day 1. It's the government's total failure to act in a timely fashion that's the biggest part of this problem. Why don't you put the blame where it rightly belongs?

    June 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. sheena canada

    .....and tonight on AC 360 we will continue to see B Jindal and Billy N rail against the administration, against President Obama etc etc.

    Talk about all talk and photo ops – they should both look in the mirror.

    Course theyre both Rebublicans and have their own agendas.

    June 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Billy, NYC

    Can the Obama Administration send the U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman and his family to the Gulf of Mexico Oil polluted beach resort for a one week all-inclusive vacation? Tinted seafood and air filled with the fragrant of OIL are in unlimited supply.

    This is another example of Corporation FIRST, Country later philosophy of the GOBP. Can the country afford to have another accident right now? Give Me a Break, JUDGE Feldman.

    June 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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