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. Big George in Big D

    @Bedtime for Obonzo – thank you for your post and I most whole-heartedly agree. It seems we are a minority of believers in what's right! All the left loons want to stand in line to get his/her welfare checks so they don't care if drilling shut down and thousands upon thousands go without jobs. Of course deep well exploration could be stopped, altogether, if the administration would open up shallow water drilling and the current bans on oilfields that are just begging to have wells on them!

    June 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. AJ

    Great!! This is what the gulf states have been asking for, as much unregulated drilling as possible. Now, through the ruling of an extreme right-wing judge (that has a huge financial stake in the continuation of offshore drilling) appointed by a senile president, the gulf states will get what they want. I can't wait to see the shores of the redneck riveria bathed in oil and garbage. Too bad for the environment but it will be wonderful to see tourists driven away from the gulf shores by an enormus slick of oil. It's what the right-wingers asked for, I'm glad they are now getting it. I hope it doesn't stop until the beaches are covered in oil and the economy of the gulf states has been reduced to ruin. Drill baby, drill!!!!

    June 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    I'm lovin' the cry baby responses! You lost, we won, get over it! Sounds familar? Chances are your favorite politicians recieved oil and gas industry $$. Why haven't thet recused themselves from bloviating day in and day out??

    June 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why would they want to expose themselves in this manner to another disaster? The only thing that I can think of is that PERHAPS those that continue to drill FINALLY invested the half mil for that doo-hickey thing that could've prevented the FIRST oil spill.

    If this is in fact the case, then I say go ahead. BUT, if it isn't, and they are going at it "the old fashioned way" (WING & A PRAYER) then I hope they screw up again and end up with TWO gushers. Yeah, that sounds cruel, but evidently it would be the only way to make them see sense, and tame their greed.

    June 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. c Spurgeon

    This sucks and shows just how backward La isin their thought processes. A judge who should recuse himself in a town known more for payoffs,crooked deals etc than ethics is putting the gulf at risk. I don't understand the legalities but don't believe the administration should approve anything until the study is done. Meanwhile CNN should be investigating this guy and show just how closely he is connected to the oil industry. Another reason for no lifetime judges....

    June 24, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Cariboob Barbie

    Thank you GOP! We would be using less oil and have greater advancements in alternative energy technologies if, for the last 35 years, the GOP did not thwart any and all efforts and legislation in these concerns. Drill Baby, Drill! That's one hell of a policy!

    June 24, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Wisconsinite

    He should be removed from this case due to all of the $$$$$$$ he's gotten from big oil. Or somebody should remove him.

    June 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Wisconsinite

    I say LET them keep drilling if that what they want. There are only 33 existing rigs that are affected by the moratoriam out of more than 300! If they want to keep drilling let 'em! BUT if one drop of oil is spilled they do NOT get to count on the rest of us tax-payers to bail them out! It's ALL on the states that want to keep drilling at that point!

    June 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. BB

    What a rotten rotten man,
    Imagine how truly rotted his soul really is.

    June 24, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. Wisconsinite

    @Bedtime for Obonzo

    An airplane crash doesn't create the biggest environmental disaster in the history of the country, idiot! FINE! I was feeling sorry for all of the people in the gulf who are affected by this, but I'm SO done with that! YOU KEEP DRILLING YOU CLEAN UP YOUR OWN DAMN MESS! NO MORE FEDERAL BAILOUTS BECAUSE OF YOUR STUPIDITY!

    June 24, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Judge is paid for by big oil just like the GOP

    Ah yes, the judge who is heavily invested in oil company (including BP) stocks. I'm sure he is thinking of the good of the country, not the good of his own pocketbook. I mean, the oil spill isn't that bad, why should we worry about the fact that nobody knows how to stop it and why should we bother with other similar wells? After all, cheap oil (and the profits to the oil companies) are more important anyway. (That would be SARCASTIC in case you were wondering.)

    June 24, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Bob in PA

    Martin Feldman for President !

    June 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Clint, Wa.

    News flash, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman receives free gas & oil changes for life.

    June 24, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. seebofubar

    YOU PEOPLE ARE ALL NUTS. When an Airplane crashes hundreds of people die, we unfortunatly lost the lives of 11 good men in this accident. Are you in favor of suspending all air travel for 6 months after every air disaster? Suspending drilling will force these platforms to move to other countries, taking money out of our economy, raise our energy costs, and have a devistating effect on job growth. Do you have any idea on the damage it will do to this country? Use the common sence God gave you before speaking.

    June 24, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. jay1975

    Banning all drilling from every company because of one accident (or negligence) is akin to banning all cars on a highway because one car crash. Does the administration really think that all of the other 33 oil rigs will explode or is it just another "green" move on their part? How many people and communities are they willing to let die off in the name of fighting oil? I have not seen a family car for sale yet that runs on solar or wind.

    June 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. t22

    Thank goodness someone, certainly not the administration, is for saving some jobs. The problem here is you just can't shut down businesses because you don't like them.

    The fact that some of you don't get this is amazing to me. Are any of you employed?

    June 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. susanj

    What a joke of a judge. Has he even looked at the news to see what has happened to our gulf coast? Another GOBP'er on the take. What a disgrace to this country as well as an embarrassment.

    June 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Dean

    If we stopped selling oil(gasoline) to all the liberal treehuggeing defenders of alternate energy until a suitable substitute is available for alternate energy it would go a long way to solving the problems.

    June 24, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Mesa Mick

    Why all the fear mongering and hysterical pot banging from the oil company stooges and seconded by some uninformed dram queen "Gulfers" about "losing their way of life"? That ain't gonna happen in our lifetime and anybody with half a brain knows it.

    We're only talkin' about a few dozen deep water wells here folks – A moritorium to find out if they are safe ain't gonna close down the Gulf oil industry you pee-pants wuzzies!

    Don't listen to the GO(B)P hacks and front men now "Gulfers" – They are just tryin' to scare the bejeezuz out of you to get your votes. Don't be their chumps! Demand SAFE drilling platforms, not ones that will blow up on ya. If it takes 6 mos. to determine that SO WHAT!

    June 24, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. g

    mabe somebody should tell this judge about the oil leak

    June 24, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    In my lifetime we've gone from an independent judiciary to one that is bought and paid for by business and the corporations.

    June 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. Ken in Gainesville

    So a conservative activist judge has gone toady with the oil companies. Not unexpected, since he has oil-based financial investments to look after. An honest judge would have recused himself (Law School 101), but I guess conservatives really don't believe in that. Some responders are correct - all those right-wing counties along the Gulf Coast will continue to vote with the radicals and blame Obama for everything. Quite frankly, many will get what they deserve, although a lot of innocent people will be hurt. America will destroy itself on its oil addiction, just like a junkie will starve rather than getting off his/her next fix. All empires fail. It's just a matter of cost and time. So long, Gulf of Mexico. Drill baby drill!!! (Bidness as usual in the Oil Palace).

    June 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. jay1975

    Stacie, Jindal has tried to clean up his shores and has been blocked by the feds. They told them to stop using the trucks on the barges, took away their barriers, refused international help and delayed domestic resources. No, La. has been fighting this without any help from Obama. Of course, how many people died in flooding in the Tenn valley and beyond the first two springs of Obama's tenure with no federal relief? Where was the outrage when Obama let all of those white people die in those floods, where was the outrage at the lack of help during the northwest blizzards? Lousy hypocrits let their guy get away with everything while talking trash about others that are just as guilty. Oil money, bank money, lobbyist money and all of the other monies that run this government do not care whether it's a donkey or elephant, they both only see green and sell us out.

    June 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Who Cares?

    Yet.....when the next "accident" happens that spills oil into the gulf..who will the conservatives blame??

    Obama of course in their twisted little minds.

    June 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. Chipster

    It was reported that this judge has investments and contributors in the oil industry. But judges get to make the decision whether they should recuse themselves from a case. How nice for them.

    malabar makes a very good point. I'd like to ask the folks begin interviewed on the Gulf beaches how they got there? An oil guzzling SUV or a Prius? Do they support alternative, renewable energy? We're only 3 or 4 decades to late and still most of us don't get the message that we are the problem.

    June 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
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