Offshore Oil Drilling Will Continue During Moratorium Appeal
New Orleans Federal Judge Martin Feldman turned down the Obama Administration’s request for the continuation of the offshore oil drilling moratorium pending an appeals decision. Reiterating his previous ruling statements that the moratorium is not justified, Feldman has now opened the doors to the possibility of another oil spill to add to the BP oil spill that is clearly killing the Gulf.
Many Gulf coast residents applaud Feldman’s two decisions since they are more concerned with their immediate economic survival than with the long-term effects of oil drilling in what was once a fertile fishing and shrimping ground. The BP oil spill is even attracting tourists who come to see for themselves just how horrible it is - like watching a particularly bloody automobile accident while it is happening.
Despite the obvious inability of BP to do anything to stop the leak, the other oil companies operating in and around the Gulf insist that there is no need for the ban. They point out that if the ban stays in place it will lead to huge layoffs.
Clearly, unemployment in the Gulf coast states should be avoided at all costs regardless of the no-end-in-sight destruction of the BP oil spill.