Judge Martin Feldman Says President Barack Obama’s Moratorium “Invalid”June 23rd, 2010 - 8:37 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
June 23, (THAINDIAN NEWS) US Federal Court Judge Martin Feldman has blocked President Barack Obama’s six-month moratorium on deep water oil drilling in the Gulf Of Mexico saying it to be “invalid” and unjustified and hence it created a negative impact on the local business.
However, The US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that he will issue an order for a new moratorium after the court blocked the earlier ban and the White House Press secretary commented that the oil drilling “did not make any sense”.
In this context, Hornbeck Offshore Services and other Louisiana -based oil services and companies said that Barack Obama administrations six months moratorium on drilling oil wells in the Gulf Of Mexico would have harmed their business, hence this ban by the judge.
Honorable judge Martin Feldman also said that the legal document could not produce any time limit for implementing changes and there was no clarification about deep water drilling method. He dismissed it as an invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths of over 500 feet without justifying anything else.
Ken Salazar, the US Interior Secretary also said that the new moratorium will clarify all the doubts and also it is going to be appropriate and within their authority. This decision by the judge is a major set back for President Barack Obama who issued the ban last month for Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
The administration has also said that this ban would give a scope for investigation for Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill. However, Gulf Coast lawmakers welcomed this decision as they wanted to lift this deep-water drilling ban.
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