Friday, February 04, 2011

Obama Interior Dept. Ruled In Contempt Of Court

I mentioned this the other night, about how the Obama Regime gave the middle finger to a judge in Louisiana who ruled against his offshore drilling moratorium.

Now the judge has rule the Regime's Interior Department, led by that drugstore cowboy Ken Salazar, in contempt of court (Bloomberg).
The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater-drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.

Interior Department regulators acted with “determined disregard” by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.

“Each step the government took following the court’s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,” Feldman said in the ruling.

“Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” Feldman said.
The result of the ban imposed by the Regime? 103 drilling permits are being held up (Big Government).
As oil prices continue to climb, a backlog of more than 100 offshore drilling plans for the Gulf of Mexico are awaiting approval from the Obama administration, according to federal data.

The federal government has not approved a single new exploratory drilling plan in the Gulf of Mexico since lifting its deepwater drilling moratorium on Oct. 12. There are currently 103 plans awaiting review by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

...Every two weeks Greater New Orleans Inc. releases a Gulf Permit Index based on publicly available federal data. Thursday’s index revealed an 88 percent decline in deepwater permits compared to the historical average. Not a single deepwater permit was approved in January.

Even shallow-water permits have taken a hit in the Gulf, despite not being subject to the administration’s moratorium last year. Only two new shallow-water permits were approved by BOEMRE in January. Permit issuance is down 30 percent from the historical average.

The decline in drilling is having an economic impact on the Gulf region and also threatens to exacerbate the problems with rising oil prices.
This is just the beginning. Since Obamacare was declared unconstitutional the other day, the Regime has said they will keep implementing it nonetheless. They will keep on, because Obama and his Regime think they are above the law.

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