Judge Feldman Says “Because I Said So” is Not Enough

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U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman ruled yesterday that the 6 month moratorium on deep water drilling in the gulf will likely to be proved to be “arbitrary and capriciously issued.”

Regardless of where you are on the political spectrum the opinion offers and interesting analysis of what the United States Government took into account (or didn’t) when it decided to halt all drilling in wells any deeper than 500 feet.

Here is a complete copy of the opinion (thanks Wall Street Journal).

Judge Feldman who is a Tulane Law grad, poses this question: “If some drilling equipment parts are flawed, is it rational to say all are? Are all airplanes a danger because one was? All oil tankers like Exxon Valdez? Al trains? All mines?”  Seems to be a reasonable question.

After considering all that was before him, including the report you’ve heard so much about that might have be “supplemented” after the scientists signed it, Judge Feldman granted the Plaintiffs a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the moratorium. The opinion is definitely worth the read.

No doubt this will not be the last we hear on this ruling.

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