Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Really? No need for a moratorium???

"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:
Collected Dead:
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
 put a stop to deep oil exploration & drilling. 

Talk about blind justice!


Life As I Know It Now said...

We don't have justice in this country anymore. Judges are bought off by money just as are the politicians. Corruption will be the death of us.

D.K. Raed said...

Feldman needs to watch "Creature from the Black Lagoon".

Where's the harm in taking a few months to think it over, to make sure the safety standards are high, to regulate procedures that will actually handle the inevitable cleanups?

You know the answer ... the harm is for those few months people might actually get used to using less oil products, might actually be able to visualize and then invent a cleaner energy world ... and then how will big oil make money?

nonnie9999 said...

what else would you expect from a st. ronnie appointee? i think we should be scared that this same guy sits on the foreign intelligence surveillance court. if this is what this guy does out in the open, what the hell does he do when his decisions are secret?

dada said...

Well, with the most recent disclosure statement (2008) of his investments, we know at that time Feldman owned stock of Transocean Ltd which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig, plus stock in Ocean Energy, a Houston-based company, as well as Quicksilver Resources, Prospect Energy, Peabody Energy, Halliburton, Pengrowth Energy Trust, Atlas Energy Resources, Parker Drilling and others. But rest assured, his personal portofolio of Oil and Gas operations in the Gulf played no part in his decision.

...Just because one rig blew, you can't assume others out there will pose a similar risk...

Conflict of interest appears to be an outdated concept. Besides, what if there IS a conflict of interest? What are the 'little people' gonna do about it?

Mauigirl said...

That decision infuriated me too. Excellent response.

Spadoman said...

I can't explain the feeling I have had since this thing happened. I "see" a long and unsolvable problem that will never get better or ever be fixed. I hope I'm wrong.


Fran said...

Lib~ Looks like basic common sense & integrity are completely void from this Judge's court.
So many laws broken & violations of major environmental regs. This Judge is corrupt for sure.

DK ~ Hell- it's not even just a matter of taking 6 months to rethink this-- we are 2 months in & they have not even stopped the gusher. He wants ...... more of the same before the catastrophic, historic disaster is even in check?
There is no excuse.

nonnie~ I am afraid-- very afraid!

Dada- I caught that-- Looks like Feldman is proceeding with the best interest of his own stock portfolio.
2008= $15,000 in Transocean stock.

No conflict of interest there. Yea right!

Two can play at this game.... the court could lift the moritorium, and the government can lay down the heaviest handed red tape shut down ever. Every nit picky thing they can deny/delay permits for can kick in to the highest gear.

I mean isn't this disaster disastrous enough?
The judge thinks it is sound judgement to duplicate the circumstances that might allow this happen again-- before the first catastrophic mess has a cap on it?

Maui! Good to see you~ we are in solidarity in this infuriation. I can't believe one conflict of interest judge can set up a roadblock preventing the White house from functioning in a disaster. This is nuts!

Spado~ How much abuse can our planet take?
All these hyped up worries about enemies---
and here greed in our own back yard is what is doing us in.
This judicial movement is so out of line....
I am stunned. This country has really taken a nose dive.

Lulu Maude said...


The more we know about our fellow creatures, the more we realize the pain to them.