Drilling news

This made me do the happy dance yesterday. Well, not that article since it was published today, I mean the newz. What news, for you non-clickers? The smack down delivered to Obama and Salazar yesterday by a federal judge.

In a remarkably pointed 22-page ruling, the judge made clear that even Presidents aren’t allowed to impose an “edict” that isn’t justified by science or safety.

But, I’m confused? I thought Obama was going to return our country to one that made decisions based on sound judgement and science, not like those Godbotherers in the Bush administration.

The judge’s other public service was to list the environmental groups that had joined the Administration’s defense against the suit. They included the Natural Resources Defense Council, whose president, Frances Beinecke, has been appointed by President Obama to his deep water drilling commission. Ms. Beinecke ought to resign.

What? Heartache. You mean to tell me the president’s commission members may have an … agenda?

Of course, Salazar doesn’t care about the people of the gulf coast. His political agenda, and -more pointedly- Obama’s is much more important than the “little people.”

The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had imposed the moratorium last month in the wake of the BP disaster, halting approval of any new permits for deepwater projects and suspending drilling on 33 exploratory wells.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes that until investigations can determine why the spill happened, continued deepwater drilling exposes workers and the environment to “a danger that the president does not believe we can afford.”

Yea. They need six months to give their biased commission time to come to the conclusion that offshore drilling is baaaad.

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10 Comments on “Drilling news”

  1. MCPO Airdale Says:

    They were saying on FBN that Salazar will have to show why each well will have to be shut down. . . no blanket moratorium.

  2. Car in Says:


  3. Vmaximus Says:

    Meanwhile the press is doing their best to scare people that the oil is headed for Tampa! Eeek!

    We have a plan, in case it comes here. That is what we do, plan for the worst.

    I doubt it will make it here, unless the weather (IE Hurricane) changes things.

  4. pdeholczer Says:

    Since there are HUNDREDS of wells in the Gulf, and many are installed and operated just as this one was, is it not better to shut them down until we can be assured that the requisite and appropriate safety and fail-safe measures are operative?

    Just how many Gulf oil spills do you think the US should risk or tolerate?

    Just how many Gulf oil spills do you think the US can endure?

    What about the economies of all the smaller countries of the Gulf — economies which are based primarily on fishing and tourism?

    Just how many Gulf oil spills do you think these countries can endure?

    Just how many Gulf oil spills do you think the environment can survive?

  5. pdeholczer Says:

    If you think we have illegal immigration now, when the economies of all the smaller countries of the Gulf fail, where do you think the unemployed will come?

    What kind of tax money will we have to spend to secure our border then?

    I suppose that is not a problem: All the unemployed Louisiana fishermen and hotel staff can be enlisted to secure the borders.

  6. Car in Says:

    Uhm … no, we don’t “tolerate” any spills, unknown, remember when Mexico’s well went and “we” didn’t get nuthin for that?, I don’t know, unknown – irrelevant.

  7. maggie katzen Says:

    it’s more likely that rigs shut down here will move to those other Gulf countries, cause I guess they’d rather have the income from oil than fish.

    also, your argument could work the other way… only one well out of HUNDREDS has failed so why put all those people out of work for one freak accident.

    Do we ground airplanes for an indefinite amount of time because one plane crashes?

  8. Car in Says:

    Maggie has more patience than me.

  9. Vmaximus Says:

    What about the economies of all the smaller countries of the Gulf — economies which are based primarily on fishing and tourism?

    To my geographically challenged friend (are you related to Peggy West?)

    Mexico and Cuba are the only countries “of the Gulf” Or maybe the Dry Tortugas are a country now.

  10. Vmaximus Says:

    To say nothing of the premise of your argument.

    This well was not installed nor was it operating. It was being drilled.

    Why should we shut down perfectly good functioning wells because one being drilled failed.

    That is analogous to stopping everyone from driving because a car being built failed.

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