"The president strongly believes, as the Department of Interior and Department of Justice argued yesterday, that continuing to drill at these depths without knowing what happened does not make any sense," Gibbs said. Such drilling "puts the safety of those involved, potentially puts safety of those on the rigs and the safety of the environment and the Gulf at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford right now."
In issuing the ruling, Feldman said, "the court is unable to divine or fathom a relationship between the findings (of the government) and the immense scope of the moratorium. The plaintiffs assert that they have suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm as a result of the moratorium. The court agrees."
Transocean President Steve Newman, whose company owned the Deepwater Horizon, said Tuesday that he supported ending the moratorium, and the office of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a brief in support of blocking the moratorium.
Jindal and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, were among those asking the Obama administration Tuesday not to appeal the ruling.
Jindal? The man out on the waters showing the muck & mire, in a total panic about endangered species & such-- now he's saying let the oil rigs drill in deep water?
Ol' Bobby must have inhaled too many fumes!
But the judge-- what is his excuse? He must be blind if he sees no imminent danger. Funny he should mention irreparable harm!
Can't the president just issue an executive order re the moratorium & not be subject to courtroom folly?
Read it & weep June 21 US Fish & Wildlife reports:
957 dead birds
387 dead Sea Turtles
47 Mammals/ Includes Dolphins
Dear Judge Feldman: I can give you 11 reasons to start with, as to why we ned a drilling moratorium.
1. Gordon Jones, age 28, wife Michelle Jones, who, at nine months pregnant, will give birth any day.
2. Adam Weise, 24, lived in Yorktown, Texas
3. Jason Anderson, a father of two who died during the explosion, was also from Texas.
Four men were from Mississippi:
4. Karl Kleppinger Jr., 38, of Natchez
5. Dewey Revette, 48, of State Line
6. Shane Roshto, 22, of Liberty
7. Burkeen, 37, of Philadelphia.
Kleppinger was a 38-year-old Gulf War vet and a married father of one.
Natalie Roshto, Shane's wife, filed a lawsuit in Louisiana federal court on April 21, saying that she has been suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety since her husband went missing in the explosion.
Burkeen, had a wife and two kids.
The other men were from Louisiana.
8. Donald Clark of Newellton was 49. His family is still planning his memorial service.
9. Stephen Curtis was 40, married and had two teenagers.
10. Blair Manuel was a 56-year-old engineer from Gonzalez with three daughters.
11. Gordon Jones of Baton Rouge was also an engineer. He was 29, and had gotten off the phone with his wife Michelle just 10 minutes before the explosion.
Enclosed are some photos, that give a brief overview as to why a moratorium is a good idea.
Billowing smoke is choking the air with toxins.
Oily sludgy water ~ Care for a swim?
64 days & counting, still dancing around the "never been done before in water this deep" excuse to
not be able to stop the flow of 160 million gallons of crude oil, choking the Gulf of Mexico to death.
How many businesses now shut down?
Some areas reporting 40%.
36% of the Gulf Waters are closed to fishing.
86,985 square miles- Closed.
BP continues to add dispersant to the oil--
Sulfur and sulfuric acid based dispersant makes the oil spewing into the gulf sink, where its impossible to clean up--and where it depletes oxygen levels under the water, killing plankton and everything above plankton in the food chain.
Because, frankly, sir, it seems you don't get the picture.
In closing, your honor, I think it is safe to say we need to