Vatic Note: By law, he was suppose to recuse himself from hearing the case as having a conflict of interest, but no, the elite don't follow the laws anymore nor do our pathetic politicians insist on enforcing them anymore. When the rule of law is destroyed, there is only one option left for the people and that is to set up an enforcement at the grassroots level. Restore America has now filed 50 complaints, one in each state of the union through grand juries as provided for in the Constitution. If these are upheld, and it only takes one, than our path is clear on how we deal with this gulf mass murder of the globes assets in the form of sea life and food chain. Its criminal at this point in time. Its been long enough and enough witnesses who offered to aid before the BP criminals poisoned the ocean with Corexit and killed the gulf, depriving it of oxygen needed for life in the sea, a primae facia case is clear and the outcome assured given all the evidence now accumulated by so many. We could do this once we find out whether restore America has been successful or not. Otherwise its the old fashion way, or I should say "The Icelandic Way".
Updated – Judge Blocking Drilling Ban Is Corrupt: Deep Holdings in Oil-Gas Industry
June 22, 2010 posted by Michael Leon
Update: From the AP (Anderson and Kunzelman): “[Judge] Feldman’s 2008 financial disclosure report — the most recent available — also showed investments 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. Halliburton was also involved in the doomed Deepwater Horizon project.”
Looks like BP found the corrupt judge they were looking for.
By Charlie Savage in the NYT
A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday blocked a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling projects that the Obama administration imposed after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House swiftly vowed to appeal the ruling.
In a 22-page opinion, the judge, Martin L. C. Feldman of United States District Court, issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of a late May order halting all offshore exploratory drilling in more than 500 feet of water.
Citing potential economic harm to businesses and workers, Judge Feldman wrote that the Obama administration had failed to justify the need for such “a blanket, generic, indeed punitive, moratorium” on deepwater oil and gas drilling.
Turns out the good judge is bought and paid for.
From the folks at the Defense Base Act Compensation Blog:
Feldman’s financial disclosure report for 2008, the most recent available, shows holdings in at least eight petroleum companies or companies that invest in them, including Transocean Ltd., which owned the Deepwater Horizon [oil rig].
The lawsuit was filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La., and company CEO Todd Hornbeck said after the ruling he is looking forward to getting back to work.