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Appeals Court Slaps Down WH Drilling Ban

From a furious Reuters:

Court refuses stay in deepwater drilling case

By Jeremy Pelofsky and Tom Doggett

Thu Jul 8, 2010

NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a revised deepwater oil drilling moratorium after a federal court refused on Thursday to reinstate an earlier ban imposed after BP Plc’s massive oil spill.

The Interior Department reiterated late on Thursday that it would issue the new order on deepwater drilling below 500 feet to address the concerns raised by federal courts. It did not say when the new ban would be issued.

The Obama administration just won’t take ‘no’ – or the rule of law – for an answer.

Every day our country becomes more like Venezuela. Except that Mr. Chavez is drilling for oil like mad. In fact, he’s even using our own ‘nationalized’ rigs.

"Based on what we have learned since the BP oil spill, it has become increasingly clear that companies may not have adequate containment and response capabilities to respond to a spill and therefore, as the secretary has said previously, he will be issuing a new moratorium," Interior Department spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said.

And Kendra Barkoff has spoken.

Earlier, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 against the administration’s request to stay a lower court decision lifting the six-month drilling ban, saying the government failed to show how it would be irreparably harmed if it were not granted.

The court, based in New Orleans, added that the administration also "made no showing that there is any likelihood that drilling activities will be resumed pending appeal."

The political stakes in the drilling battle are high for U.S. President Barack Obama as he tries in the face of public criticism to show he is responding forcefully to the BP crisis — it is the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

All of the polls indicate that the public is dead set against this ‘moratorium.’ Mr. Obama is just trying to keep his boot on the neck of the energy producers in this country. He will not relent until they are destroyed.

This ban, coupled with his ‘financial reforms,’ is how he hopes to bring down capitalism in the US once and for all.

The oil industry fears the disaster could put costly projects on hold.

What a preposterous fear. How could having to stop work for six months cost them any money?

The White House said on Thursday it had sent BP a list of questions about the company’s efforts to cap the ruptured well that has been leaking crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico since late April and ordered it to respond within 24 hours.

Yessiree, Bob. That is managing a crisis. That is leadership.

By the way, the New York Times tacked on this helpful information to their article of the court’s ruling:

Court Rejects Moratorium on Drilling in the Gulf

Published: July 8, 2010

Alliance for Justice, a liberal advocacy group, reported on Thursday that two of the judges on the appeals court panel, Jerry E. Smith and W. Eugene Davis, both appointed by President Ronald Reagan, had represented the oil and gas industries while in private practice. Judge Smith’s clients included Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Sunoco. Judge Davis represented a number of companies involved in offshore drilling and other oil field operations.

Judge Davis’s 2008 financial disclosure reports listed $2,000 to $30,000 in investments in gas and oil concerns; Judge Smith had none.

The third judge on the panel, James L. Dennis, appointed by President Bill Clinton, had investments in at least 18 energy companies valued at between $31,000 and $300,000, the group found. Judge Dennis sold a stake in Transocean, the company that was drilling the well under contract to BP, in 2006, according to financial disclosure reports compiled by the group.

How criminal! How could such judges rule on the merits of the case when they have such venal interests?

But notice that the New York Times does not bother to disclose that the Alliance for Justice is a radical leftwing group that is funded by George Soros. Lest we forget, Mr. Soros, as the major investor in Brazil’s Petrobras, stands to profit handsomely from any US moratorium on oil drilling.

Nor does The Times note that similar previous claims about the lower court judge who earlier ruled against the ban, were found to be out of date.

And all that aside, when does the New York Times ever give us such background information on judges when the court rules the way they want?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Appeals Court Slaps Down WH Drilling Ban”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So, uh-bama has run slap up against a force greater than him. An’ he don’t like it much.

    I am so pleased that the rule of law is being applied properly for a change since January of 2009. I hope they try every trick they can think of and I hope judges continue to slap the boy around. I would think that this is his first bloody nose, ever.


    • proreason says:

      Don’t hold your breath that the rule of law will succeed.

      Judges judge. They don’t administer.

      As the Criminal has demonstated time and again. He cares not a bit what the law says or what the people want.

      He has the power (as long as this country refuses to strike a criminal like him down) and he is going to exercise it…..regardless of what anybody thinks or does.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      True, but on the other side of that is the fact that he will have to be even more obtuse and more defiant, thus alienating even more people than he has already.

      As far as I’m concerned he’s already cloistered himself and lives in dream-land. He won’t talk to even the slavish droolers in the white house press corp(se). He’s in over his head and if I have my megalomaniacs correct, he’s going to do more irrational things.

      Americans can put up with quite a lot, I’ve noticed, but an irrational president, I don’t think is one they much care for. Even some of my loopy-left fellow employees are saying “WTF?” over the oil thingy.

      As I said some months ago, he’s inept to a huge degree. His inexperience in dealing with real people and real events causes him to hide and cloister himself. I’m pretty sure that when he “calls a meeting” everyone tells him what he wants to hear, thus sparing him any “difficult” feelings. Of course, it helps if everyone in the meeting is as corrupt (and rabidly liberal)as he, himself is.

      But I am simply applauding, not a potential “end game” here but SOMEone or some ONES who stand up to the clown, noting the rule of law and holding the ball, if just for a time. He needs to get a bloody nose and worse, actually. Remember Bill-Jeff when he was FORCED to admit the truth after MONTHS of lying?

      Well, I know you’ll never see anything similar from this useless thing, but it’s nice to see him put up against the wall and told what’s-what. Even if it may be temporary.

      In the end, I still believe that good must triumph over evil. And, just like in the best morality stories of our time, evil may even win for awhile. But never completely, and never for all time.

      Kind of an odd way to say it, but as we touched on yesterday, people are now aroused and they are displeased, to say the least.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And, along those lines…from Michelle Malkin’s site:


      This is more of the kind of thing I like to see and read about. Telling the left to shaaaaddduuupppp!

    • proreason says:

      Good for McDonalds. You are correct that people and businesses have to start standing up to the tyrants. The only way to stop a bully is to refuse to be bullied.

      This is why I frequently say that people simply have to stop caring about being called a racist. Either ignore it completely, or simply say. “You are the racist, not me.”

      Conservatives are by more the more moral people. It’s ludicrous to allow the left to define morality when the left is responsible for all of the hideous crimes of the last hundred years, including WWII, the wars to defeat communism, and the 50 million deaths, in the US alone, by abortion. And I could go on a long time about those crimes. Detroit is a crime. Welfare is a crime, etc.

  2. untrainable says:

    The White House said on Thursday it had sent BP a list of questions about the company’s efforts to cap the ruptured well that has been leaking crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico since late April and ordered it to respond within 24 hours.

    Wait a minute. I thought the apoligizer and chief and his minions were on the case since DAY 1. Barry has stated catagorically… during numerous photo ops… and press conferences where he couldn’t actually take any questions (is that a press conference or a lecture?) that HE has been in charge since DAY 1. So why, after all this time, does the regime have questions? Why don’t they already have the information? If they have indeed been “on the ground since day 1” they should know as much about BPs “efforts” as BP.

    And, come on, a letter? Helloooooo. Ever heard of a thing called the telephone? E-Mail? Freakin GoToMeeting.com? Hell WHY NOT FLY OVER AND TALK TO SOMEONE??? An impromptu trip in airforce one to take the wife out for dinner and a show wasn’t a problem, so you’d think actual BUSINESS FOR THE COUNTRY would be a good enough reason… wouldn’t you?

    The patients are running the asylum, and the crazy is leaking out all over the place.

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