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    Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Judge block Gulf offshore drilling moratorium - San Jose Mercury News

    A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.

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    Feldman says in his ruling that the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning for the moratorium. He says it seems to assume that because one rig failed, all companies and rigs doing deepwater drilling pose an imminent danger.
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    US Judge Mulling Overturn of Obama Moratorium on Deep Water Drilling

    Yes!!! Go judge Mulling!! Suck it Obama!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!! You went too far this time! It's about time some common sense is interjected into this situation!

    US Judge Mulling Overturn of Obama Moratorium on Deep Water Drilling | USA | English
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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Judge block Gulf offshore drilling moratorium - San Jose Mercury News



    Let's not confuse our thoughts on the policy issues with the merits of the legal arguments.
    Good news.

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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    But the administration is going to appeal the ruling and tie it up in courts for a long time while the people have no jobs.

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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Judge block Gulf offshore drilling moratorium - San Jose Mercury News



    Let's not confuse our thoughts on the policy issues with the merits of the legal arguments.
    I would like to ask a couple of questions here.

    1) These offshore drilling spots are known as leases. Does that mean BP owns them? No, it doesn't.

    2) Are the leases owned by the Federal government?

    3) If the leases are owned by the Federal government, then wouldn't telling the owner of the leases whether or not the leases are allowed to be drilled constitute acting against the interests of the owner of the property?

    4) Finally, isn't it Republicans who have made it a huge point that ordering the owner of a property to do something he doesn't want to do with it is anti American?

    I am so confused here.
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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    I would have liked to have seen a permanent stoppage that would be lifted on a per-rig basis if the owners of a rig could demonstrate that adequate safety measures were in place and proper procedures were being followed. If you cant show that you are operating your rig safely, the rig doesn't get turned on.
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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    I would have liked to have seen a permanent stoppage that would be lifted on a per-rig basis if the owners of a rig could demonstrate that adequate safety measures were in place and proper procedures were being followed. If you cant show that you are operating your rig safely, the rig doesn't get turned on.
    We've been drilling in the Gulf for how many Decades?

    One rig goes to hell and the sky is falling.
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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I would like to ask a couple of questions here.

    1) These offshore drilling spots are known as leases. Does that mean BP owns them? No, it doesn't.

    2) Are the leases owned by the Federal government?

    3) If the leases are owned by the Federal government, then wouldn't telling the owner of the leases whether or not the leases are allowed to be drilled constitute acting against the interests of the owner of the property?

    4) Finally, isn't it Republicans who have made it a huge point that ordering the owner of a property to do something he doesn't want to do with it is anti American?

    I am so confused here.
    I am pretty sure the lease terms included specific language about the intended purpose of the lease for the leasor.

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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    We've been drilling in the Gulf for how many Decades?

    One rig goes to hell and the sky is falling.
    This is extremely misleading. We have been doing shallow water drilling in the Gulf for decades, but deep water drilling is pretty new, as it was not long ago that we acquired the technology and methods to try it this deep. You can't put shallow water drilling and deep water drilling in the same category. Since deep water drilling is new, the likelihood of another disaster is orders of magnitude higher than with shallow drilling.
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    Re: Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoplite View Post
    I would have liked to have seen a permanent stoppage that would be lifted on a per-rig basis if the owners of a rig could demonstrate that adequate safety measures were in place and proper procedures were being followed. If you cant show that you are operating your rig safely, the rig doesn't get turned on.
    I would assume that is how things are done.

    I can't beleive with as many regulators that are out in the gulf that they don't do inspections all the time to etither collect the fines or to allow the drilling to continue.

    If a new rig is allowed to start operation without any kind of inspection from the expert regulators, I would say any failure of that rig is on the regulators.

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