“The blanket moratorium, with no parameters, seems to assume that because one rig failed and although no one yet fully knows why, all companies and rigs drilling new wells over 500 feet also universally present an imminent danger,” wrote Judge Feldman
The most interesting remarks in the injunction were on the report presented to the judge by the Interior Department. This report included the much touted peer review by experts assembled by the National Academy of Engineering - a review the administration had insisted backed the ban. The judge noted that the findings of the experts were "misstated". In reality, the findings by the experts that a moratorium was the way to go were complete fabrications. This act of deception on the part of Salazar and the administration to manipulate the situation is shameful in the extreme, not to mention flat-out fraudulent. Where are the calls for Salazar's resignation?
The real story is that the report was signed off on by the experts, but the paragraphs recommending a moratorium were added after the fact. The experts have been vocal in their opposition to the shenanigans regarding the report - opposition that the administration attempted to shrug off, but the judge's findings leave little room for doubt about their authenticity. In response to his ruling, the left is in full attack mode, of course. Secretary of the Interior Salazar is going to attempt a new moratorium, this time more specific and targeted, insisting a deepwater ban in necessary. Maybe this time they will get a more sympathetic judge to see things their way. For the sake of Louisianans, let's hope not.
On another front in the 'war' on the oil spill, the feds have halted dredging for sand berms. They feel the area that is being dredged is environmentally detrimental and want to move the operation two miles further out into the gulf. All dredging is to be halted until the move is complete - seven precious days. In a letter to Obama, Plaquemines Parish President Billly Nungesser pleads for compromise:
"Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil," Nungesser wrote to Obama.
Nungesser requested that the dredging be allowed to continue for the next seven days as they move dredging equipment in an effort to placate the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. No doubt dredging is damaging to the environment, but could it really be worse than what the oil spill will do? It's high time federal agencies like Fish and Wildlife and the Department of the Interior look at the bigger picture here.
It's beginning to seem like this is no longer a question of incompetence - it is now moving into the realm of active interference. But for what reason? Considering how adamant (and blatant) the administration is about passing Cap and Trade legislation on the back of this tragedy, it's not too hard to figure out. It's hard to believe our government is willing to allow such damage to the country in order to pass their agenda. It seems far-fetched, because our government should have our best interests at heart, but it is getting harder and harder to believe they do these days. Their continued insistence on passing wildly unpopular legislation raises questions about their motives. The recent revelations that Obama has stated there will be no securing the borders until
At best, this is a perfect illustration of Ronald Reagan's nine scariest words in the english language - "I'm from the government and I'm here to help". At worst, our government is allowing a major catastrophe to become even worse so that they can pass their dream agenda. An agenda that will further cripple us with massive taxes and skyrocketing energy prices.
Talk about orchestrating chaos....