June 22, 2010

Judge may rule on deepwater drilling moratorium Tuesday

Posted: 08:27 AM ET


A judge in New Orleans may rule Tuesday on whether to lift the federal government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman has said he will give his decision between early Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the six-month ban, which halts all drilling in more than 500 feet of water and prevents new permits from being issued.

Brian Collins, an attorney for the Justice Department, insisted Monday that the suspension is necessary while officials conduct a safety review after the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

But a group of companies that provide boats and equipment to the offshore drilling industry filed a lawsuit claiming the government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico. They want a court to declare the moratorium invalid and unenforceable.

The office of Louisiana's governor has filed a brief supporting their case.

"This is environmental disaster. Let's not make an economic disaster," Henry Dart, an attorney for the state of Louisiana, said Monday.


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Marnie Kelly   June 22nd, 2010 9:40 am ET

In the 60's and 70's there were haunting songs on radios about the uncertain future of our planet, songs like "Whose Garden Was This?" Now, into the 21st century, people are realizing that "paradise" no longer exists anywhere. That all lands, waters, peoples are intricately connected to one another and what happens in one part of our world affects another completely different land or body of water. There really is no such thing as "foreign soil" any longer. What is occuring right now in the coral reefs at the Gulf of Mexico will affect us all in the not so far future. As tiny species die and cause the consecutive links to waver, how far away are we?

SUE   June 22nd, 2010 9:45 am ET

"government has no evidence that existing operations pose a threat to the Gulf of Mexico" ... The Government didn't have any evidence that Deepwater Horizon posed a threat, either. I'm sorry, but I support the moratorium. We've let oil companies endanger enough of our lives already – no one knows the impact this will have on the environment and the food chain. If there isn't any food, we won't need the oil.

Kevin E. Lynde   June 22nd, 2010 10:15 am ET

The U.S. Oil Cartel has been lying since the mid to late
70's. They started placing Haliburton Plugs & Packers into
their wells when OPEC discovered their massive oil deposits.
They did so because, the oil market drove down the price of
gas at the pump, and they were unable to satisfy their greed.
I do not beleive that WE THE PEOPLE can not, nor should ever
trust a word they tell us. I further beleive that it is our duty and
our responsibility to stop all off-shore drilling indefinately.
We watched them after Catrina, pulling some of those plugs
in anticipation of rising gas prices, at the time telling the public
they were drilling new wells! I myself know better, as I was
one of the people plugging those wells! We need to wake-up
and smell the bull. I am OFT! We need to talk!!!

joanne chouinard   June 22nd, 2010 10:29 am ET

you did everything you could do to help , and what I would really like to do is to bring BP to justice , they are criminals and should pay , they are responsable , and It is more than time that we bring those big corporation to justice , they need to be stop and people should send them a message that they will understand , because if we don't they wll kill us all , their only goal in lifefor them is making money .watever the cost

Ike Eisenhuth   June 22nd, 2010 10:33 am ET

Larry, my company was contacted by an inventor who is a Notre Dame and Harvard graduate ,,, has SIX patents EACH would STOP the OIL LEAK in the Gulf. BP won't return his calls (now there's a surprise!)...nor the U. S. Government! Here's the Press Release our sister company is sending to you ... help our country Larry ... PLEASE look into this. It's a breaking story!!!

Savage Marketing/Advertising, Inc.




GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - Engineer and proprietary inventor Wally Kissel has filed for

SIX patents, each representing a SEPARATE AND INNOVATIVE METHOD for stopping oil from

gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. According to Mr. Kissel three of the methods would actually

save the well. “This problem is not that complicated” said Mr. Kissel. “I have contacted BP and our

government to no avail so I have decided to bring these solutions to the public by offering this press


Media welcomed and details can be made available.

* * *
Contact Information:

Name: Waldemar F. Kissel, Jr.
Phone: 352-375-4139


Waldemar (Wally) Kissel resides in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Kissel graduated from the University of Notre Dame, BSME and the Harvard School of Business Administration, MBA. He currently has numerous patents and patents pending on a wide assortment of mechanical inventions and transportation systems. Mr. Kissel's diverse background includes residential and commercial real estate development and investing, telecommunications, broadband internet and franchising.

Joe G. (Illinois)   June 22nd, 2010 4:27 pm ET

People seeking answers... Solutions to their problems

What’s their problem?

Going back to fishing and eating unclean fish; getting back to their normal jobs and lives Louisiana Style.

Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 5:15 pm ET

I believe in miracles and it would take a miracle for those Big Oil elected Federal Judges in the Gulf States to rule against Big Oil.

Smith in Oregon   June 22nd, 2010 6:49 pm ET

U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman striking down the 6 month moratorium to go over safety equipment, enact environmental impact studys and secure the BP blown oil well gushing crude Oil into the Gulf, says the administration overreached in implementing a six-month ban. A White House spokesman says an immediate appeal is planned.

All of the existing Republican lawmakers and Republican governors in the Gulf States region applauded Big Oil's Judge Martin Feldman's decision. While every single Democratic lawmaker condemned the federal judges decision and urged an immediate appeal to the 5th. circuit court of appeals.

The Republican party and lawmakers are lock-step against forcing Big Oil to undergo additional safety regulations, provide federal environmental impact studys, provide federal emergency contingency plans and make certain the blowout preventers on the existing 33 deep Ocean wells in the Gulf of Mexico are functioning properly. The Republican lawmakers and Republican-Tea Potty candidates call these proposed federal regulations 'anti-America'.

Anti-America? Seems like good, common sense to make certain that everything possible is checked and double-checked on the existing 33 deep sea Oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico to prevent yet another enormous crude Oil disaster.

@ Kevin E. Lynde, yes I fully agree. The Big Oil cartel in America is not truthful nor can they be trusted. During the Carter administration, The Oil Cartel in America determined to cut the flow of fuel to America and push Carter out of office. During the time of gas rationing here in America I knew a petrol-chemical engineer working on the gigantic storage tank farms up in Alaska. Those tanks were above Maximum with available fuel to be shipped all during the 'rationing period'. It was entirely contrived, a baseless LIE on the American People and entirely politically motivated, even thou it caused significant hardship on the American people.

And that is your, and my point. The Big Oil cartel in America does not care one iota about the American 'people'. The only things they care about is money and power which they have held for many decades.

DAVID E. BUTLER   June 22nd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Everyone seems to miss that the thing that makes offshore drilling safe are the men...... The Drillers repeatedly told 'BP' to stop drilling, don't discount the years of expertize and training that goes into the men and crews of oil rigs, the men work the equipment not the other way around..

Lee Jefferies   June 22nd, 2010 11:17 pm ET

What is next?

The Oil Spill is the most devastating thing that has happened to our environment ever. Our Gulf is destroyed and cleaning it up is a task that will take many times the ingenuity and effort it took to build the Hoover Damn.

Can it get any worse?

It is possible with hurricane season approaching, that the oil spill disaster we see and foresee could be a small fender bender compared to what the future might bring. We all know that oil is lighter than water. Not being a scientist, I can only speculate that a hurricane could pick up very large portion of that oil and drop it in the form of rain on our continent.

I’ve worked in the Electrical industry for 25 years and have a very good understanding of our electrical system. Oil coated power lines and structures are not a good thing. Weak spots in those areas that are oil coated will catch fire. If the oil is thick enough and covers everything, then there is another possible disaster of equal proportions.

The rain in the form of oil and water could cause electric lines to trip. Oil has carbon in it, and carbon is a conductor of electricity. Worst case would be that we could have major blackouts in the Midwest that could cascade to include most of the country.

We not only need to strengthen the efforts to clean up this mess we already have, but we need start being proactive and ensure that the possibilities above don’t happen.

Theresa   June 23rd, 2010 8:43 am ET

If Big Business made this mess by cutting corners , shoddy workmanship why wouldn't there be a moratorium on drilling for 6 months. I know it must be horrendous for the people who live & survive due to fishing & tourism are upset & do not want the moratorium but I agree things need to change...a safety review needs to be done. If this moratorium is stopped then the oil companies have won. They can destroy & still no punishment. I do not think any of the other oil companies are operating any safer. They are fortunate this type of devastation hasn't happened on their watch. Is there not a neutrasl judge that isn't influenced by the Big Oil Co.? I don't think so.

killbaby   June 23rd, 2010 2:54 pm ET

With the "accident" and all the oil still ongoing and fresh out there. We have no need for ending the moratorium or further digging the hole BP dumped us in. It's called scoop baby scoop! and bail this sinking boat out.

Speaking of ships what does a yacht run on?

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