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    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration lost an attempt Thursday to keep a temporary moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in place while it appeals a court ruling against the six-month ban.

    The administration had asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, to stay a lower-court ruling until a full hearing on the moratorium was heard. But the appeals court found that the Interior Department failed to show the federal government would suffer "irreparable injury."

    In the lower court ruling last month, a federal judge, also in New Orleans, lifted the moratorium after Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. argued it was arbitrary because it was a blanket ban on all new drilling in depths below 500 feet.

    The Obama administration appealed, saying the suspension was needed to give time to investigate the cause of the BP blowout and ensure other drilling rigs operate safely.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration said the ban would reduce crude output by an average of 82,000 barrels a day, more than previously estimated.

    The appeals court set arguments on the government's appeal seeking to reinstate the original moratorium order for the week of Aug. 30.

    Also Thursday, the head of BP's Gulf Coast restoration unit, Bob Dudley, told NBC and the Wall Street Journal in separate interviews that it could be possible to stop the well before the mid-August date that had been widely discussed.

    Re: obama's attempt to make things worse for gulf coast economy rejected

    I heard this a little earlier this evening and broke out in a Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine Strut.
    Don't worry about the guns, send lawyers and money.

    “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident, which everyone has decided not to see.”
    Ayn Rand


      Re: obama's attempt to make things worse for gulf coast economy rejected

      Well, that didn't last long. The courts ruled against him.... F#*k the court he said! He's banning oil drilling in the gulf. This buttwipe is tyrannical and needs to be stopped.
      Why hasn't another politician come out and called the posp what he is?
      Don't worry about the guns, send lawyers and money.

      “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident, which everyone has decided not to see.”
      Ayn Rand


        Re: obama's attempt to make things worse for gulf coast economy rejected

        When President Obama picked former Democrat Sen. Ken Salazar as his
        Interior Secretary last year, the Coloradan donned a 10-gallon hat and
        dubbed himself the “new sheriff in town.” But Cowboy Ken is the one
        who needs to be run out on a rail. In his continued quest to shut down
        offshore drilling, Salazar has run roughshod over scientific
        integrity, transparency, and the Gulf Coast economy.

        Two federal courts have batted down the White House-approved,
        Salazar-directed drilling moratorium. Outraged scientists — appointed
        by the Obama administration, mind you — blasted Salazar for
        doctoring their work and contradicting their conclusions to bolster
        his manufactured case for the sweeping six-month ban. Undaunted,
        Salazar conjured up a “revised” moratorium rubber-stamped by oil spill
        czar Michael Bromwich, who sheepishly admitted that the new ban was
        “roughly congruent with the original moratorium.”

        The sham changes would permit some drilling rigs to re-start
        operations – but only under onerous, fantasyland testing conditions
        that industry leaders say would be virtually impossible to meet. In
        short, Salazar’s “new” moratorium is a lot like Salazar himself: All
        hat, no cattle.

        The Interior Secretary then strode into the first hearing of the
        presidential oil spill commission this week to tell the panelists that
        he wanted their work to “inform” his book-cooked deepwater drilling
        ban. It was, essentially, Salazar guiding the dog-and-pony show
        participants to bark and neigh on command. The panelists were
        “stunned” by Salazar’s explicit expectation of policy support,
        according to hearing observers, because weighing in on the moratorium
        had not been a part of their original mandate.

        None of the panelists, conveniently enough, has actual technical
        expertise in deepwater drilling. So on what, exactly, can they
        “inform” Salazar? No doubt Salazar and his superiors at 1600
        Pennsylvania Avenue have soaked up the online anti-drilling rants of
        prominent oil spill panelist Frances Beinecke. She’s a leading
        official at the rabidly anti-corporate Natural Resources Defense
        Council, where she publicly called for offshore drilling bans five
        times over the past two months before snagging a seat on Obama’s
        “expert” panel. NRDC was one of the leading environmental lobbying
        voices pushing for the commission in the first placde. The eco-tail is
        wagging Team Obama’s dog.

        The good news is that not all the panelists are rolling over.
        Co-chairs William Reilly and Bob Graham absorbed an earful from local
        residents, small business owners, and public officials from the Gulf
        region this week. Louisiana Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu decried the
        economic devastation Salazar is overseeing: “Even the revised
        moratorium will force thousands of hardworking Louisianans and others
        along the Gulf Coast into the unemployment lines.” Lafourche Parish
        (La.) President Charlotte Randolph blasted the zero-risk tolerance
        mentality of Salazar and Beinecke, illustrating the folly behind the
        offshore drilling moratorium: If “safety” demands a blanket halt to
        deepwater drilling, she said, then all oil tanker traffic in the Gulf
        of Mexico should be halted, too. “An oil tanker is a four times
        greater risk of spilling its cargo than an oil well blowing out,”
        Randolph pointed out. “Tankers carrying 3 million barrels of oil
        traverse the Gulf daily en route to Houston.” That’s roughly the
        amount of oil BP spilled over the last three months.

        After the first hearing this week, Reilly openly challenged the White
        House foot-dragging on 33 oil rig safety assessments, wondering “why
        it’s going to take so long to convince people the existing rigs are
        safe.” For his part, Graham blasted the “disconnect between Washington
        and the Gulf region about the sense of urgency needed.”

        In Washington, at least one watchdog has pegged Salazar as a crooked
        shooter. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking
        Member Darrell Issa exposed the Interior Secretary’s serial
        obstructionism in a letter released Thursday on Salazar’s failure to
        comply with 45 document requests related to the feds’ post-spill
        response. “The lack of cooperation is appalling for an Administration
        that prides itself on transparency and openness with the American
        people,” Issa noted. “Indeed, it appears that the Administration is
        more concerned with hiding from the tough questions than answering

        While Salazar ducks and dithers, deepwater oil drillers are canceling
        contracts or moving their rigs overseas – and American jobs along with
        them. Diamond Offshore moved one of its rigs to Egypt. Murphy Oil
        Company is also moving operations to the Congo. And Bloomberg News
        reported that “the number of offshore rigs operating in U.S. waters
        has plunged 71 percent to 16 from 56 before the blowout, according to
        surveys by Baker Hughes Inc.”

        The new sheriff’s in town alright — and he’s shooting the Gulf Coast
        economy in the foot, head, and heart. Heckuva job, Kenny.
        Last edited by pondrast; 07-16-2010, 06:15 PM.