Judge Overturns Government’s Temporary Ban on Deepwater Drilling

A federal judge overturned the Interior Department’s temporary ban on deepwater drilling for oil, saying it was rash decision based on the current disaster. The judge reasoned that "If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are?" he asked. "Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? All trains? All mines? That sort of thinking seems heavy-handed, and rather overbearing."

Members of the oil and gas industry were pleased with the result, but environmentalists were disappointed. The White House has promised an immediate appeal of the decision. Until a trial is held, the government cannot enforce the temporary restriction on deepwater drilling.

Obama Offshore Drilling Moratorium OVERTURNED By Judge | The Huffington Post

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