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New Orleans Judge May As Well Have Apologized to BP

Judge Blocks Temporary Deepwater Drilling Moratorium

WASHINGTON - Friends of the Earth’s president, Erich Pica, had the following
response to a federal judge’s injunction blocking President Obama’s
six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects:

“The reasoning that this judge used in issuing his injunction is
mystifying and absurd on its face. The judge held that President Obama’s
decision to temporarily suspend deepwater drilling in response to the
Gulf disaster was likely not based on a ‘rational interpretation of the
evidence.’ That’s rubbish. The judge’s biased and out-of-touch
injunction reads like it was written by Big Oil lobbyists, not an
impartial arbiter of the law. I’m surprised that the judge failed to
issue an apology to BP while he was at it.
“This deeply flawed injunction underscores the need for President
Obama to nominate and for the Senate to confirm federal judges who apply
the law in a fair way, not ones that are biased in favor of big
corporations at ordinary Americans’ expense. It also underscores the
need for a congressionally imposed moratorium on drilling that won’t be
tampered with by the judiciary.”
The judge in question, Martin Feldman, has recently owned stock in
Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling contractor, which was
involved in the Gulf Horizon disaster. More on that here:

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