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3 Judges Kill Off-Shore Drilling Expansion

From a relieved Associated Press:

Appeals court quashes Alaska drilling effort

By NEDRA PICKLER
April 17, 2009

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off Alaska and canceled a program to find new reserves.

A three-judge panel in Washington found that the Bush-era Interior Department failed to consider the effect on the environment and marine life before it began the process in August 2005 to expand an oil and gas leasing program in the Beaufort, Bering and Chukchi seas.

It wasn’t clear whether the decision applied to other areas of the same expanded offshore drilling program, including tracts in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast. Attorneys for the environmentalists and the industry said they thought it would cancel the entire program

This article has not gotten much play.

But think of the implications.

Three judges can decide whether we are at the mercy of Middle Eastern madmen or not. Whether we can exploit our own national resources or not.

This is the rule of law?

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “3 Judges Kill Off-Shore Drilling Expansion”

  1. BillK says:

    Who needs that oil stuff, especially now that there will be CO2 regulation?

    From an excited AP:

    Appeals court quashes Alaska drilling effort

    By Nedra Pickler

    WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact of expanding oil and gas drilling off Alaska and canceled a program to find new reserves.

    A three-judge panel in Washington found that the Bush-era Interior Department failed to consider the effect on the environment and marine life before it began the process in August 2005 to expand an oil and gas leasing program in the Beaufort, Bering and Chukchi seas.

    It wasn’t clear whether the decision applied to other areas of the same expanded offshore drilling program, including tracts in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast. Attorneys for the environmentalists and the industry said they thought it would cancel the entire program…

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/6379582.html

    The will of the people? The executive branch?

    Nah, three liberal lawyers shall rule over all.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      It isn’t that they didn’t study the impact. They just didn’t reach the conclusions that the judges wanted to hear. Now there will be a new study and new conclusions by a different group of people with a different agenda. That is the biggest problem with science, trying to find objective researchers.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      This ain’t enough to pull “BlackBarry” off his prayer rug………he has the rest of the nation to topple!!

  2. jobeth says:

    How in the name of all that is holy, can we sit on some of the worlds largest deposits of oil, and still willingly put ourselves at the “mercy” of some of the worst societies in history! Why are we kissing arse when we are as resource wealthy as we are? I’m “gobsmacked” as they say.

    We have the most advanced technology in all of history and yet we don’t use that techology to accomplish what comes so easily for our engineers, in order to protect the wildlife and still have use of our resources. Seems the wildlife and seas of these foreign countries aren’t suffering…Where’s the greenies over there? They would be laughed at and/or arrested for their stupidity!

    If the Alaskan pipe line was being planned today it wouldn’t get built.
    But when was the last time you heard any problems with the wildlife due to the pipeline? Oil spills? And it’s getting old and needing repairs yet it can be kept clean and in good working order. Believe me, if even one rabbit was injured by the pipeline we would have heard that around the world.

    I live in Florida…and off the coast of Florida is a huge oil deposit. IN OUR WATERS! Yet, we can’t go after it. Might hurt a star fish or some such nonsense. We already have oil rigs out there, and when was the last time a beach was coated in oil? Again, it would have been blasted around the world if it had happened.

    In fact it is the oil tankers shipping oil to us that have been resposible for the spills that we have had.

    So, we are not tapping into that oil, but foreign countries are slant drilling into our waters for OUR oil. Seems that’s ok.

    This drives me nuts. I’ll never get it.

    And now coal is getting kicked out.

    And for power Nuclear would be another good way to go, however I do have some reservations about the plants becoming a target for our enemies. If someone knows why that wouldn’t be a problem I would love to hear your thoughts. I admit I have mixed feelings on Nuclear power.

    • proreason says:

      It is either national self-hatred…..

      or hatred by an external party posing as us.

    • Howard Roark says:

      I have long heard a conspiracy theory that I only wish were true: the reason we are putting ourselves through the agony of relations with a hostile slavemaster in the Arab world over their oil is because we in the West want to EXHAUST all of their oil, and when the world is clamoring for its crude, we will then start drilling our own sources of the black gold in order to be the only merchants left standing. (besides the Russians and Chinese, of course).

    • Anonymoose says:

      The problem with nuclear power is threefold:

      1. Bad management
      2. When disasters happen they can be pretty bad
      3. There’s not enough Uranium

      The first two are obvious, the third is if the world went entirely nuclear the Uranium would last about 30 years. India has already been looking at reactors running off Thorium, but the only really good clean and accessible power we can generate with our technology is nuclear fusion, which is still in research and has been languishing for over twenty years. A conventional fission reactor is incredibly crude and simplistic compared to what’s need for fusion.

      Of course if you want to go into the realm of near science fiction quantum foam (fluctuations in subatomic space time) would yield almost unlimited energy. But don’t dare mention is around the liberals, their dear little heads might explode as it’s all they can do to grasp how “smart” they are by chanting “no drilling! no drilling!”

    • jobeth says:

      Howard,
      I’ve heard that too, however that would never happen, because it would take several more lifetimes for that to happen, plus with everyone and their cousin (except us) slant drilling into our own reserves there would be nothing much left of our reserves.

      I didn’t even mention that now Russia wants to claim the north pole’s reserves as their own. Canada and USA (Alaska) are trying to stake the same claim but with the greenies and the way we cater to them it will be Russia, who couldn’t give a flip what the greenies have to say, who will be getting even that oil

    • jobeth says:

      A”moose,

      Wow, that is a lot to digest even for this conserv LOL.

      Very interesting stuff. I have to admit I don’t know much about the methods you talked about but you’ve given me something to read up on.

      I’ve never heard the problem of us running out of uranium. Another thing that we need to know about for our future.

      As to the other methods, I only wish we would plow more $$ into it. These sound like real possible solutions. If only we would use that science.

      We need our old America(ns) back…the one that wouldn’t think twice about tackling a new science.

  3. Howard Roark says:

    I agree, Jobeth.

    It is a mournful condition we are in. Especially when you consider that the Arab world wouldn’t even have the wealth they presently do, if it weren’t for the brainpower of Western oil merchants who not only showed those bedouins where to find it under their own sands, but how to extract it. When the Ottoman Empire sided with the Kaiser in WW I, we should have put them under the boot of our triumph just as any other victors of the past (the Mongols, the Muslims, Romans, etc) have done, and commandeered the oil without blinking.

    *sigh*

    • jobeth says:

      AMEN!!!! Ironic isn’t it? So nice they show such thanks isn’t it.

      And they call us imperialistic? When have we ever been so. No country has ever been apart of us that didn’t want to be. Even our “possessions” have their own governments….AND get a vote

      What’s wrong with THAT picture? But thats another issue for another day.

  4. Consilience says:

    Texas governor Rick Perry is on the right track. Words and calling Washington are no remedy for what ails the USA…

    • jobeth says:

      Yep, IF we Floridians can do two things…

      1 Get rid of that wimp turn coat Gov Crist (grrrrrrr!)
      2 Secede from the union

      Then DRILL off shore and then sell it to the US!

      (seriously, joking, folks…only wish it could happen)

    • BillK says:

      Jobeth, that’s pretty much what Mexico has plans to do by drilling as close to the US border as possible in international waters off California and sell the oil back to the US.

      Oil that we could reach ourselves if Malibu residents in their limos weren’t against it.


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