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Obama Loses Round Two in Drilling Moratorium Battle

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman on Thursday denied the Obama administration’s request for a stay of the court’s motion for preliminary injunction — an attempt to reinstate the ban on offshore drilling until the Fifth Circuit Court hears the administration’s appeal.

Another blow to the broad power grab by the administration’s Department of the Interior.

“The defendants’ motion to stay pending appeal is hereby denied for the same reasons given in this court’s June 22, 2010, order granting the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction,” Feldman wrote in his ruling. On June 22, Feldman called the administration’s ban “capricious” and “arbitrary.”  The judge found the drilling ban would cause “irreparable harm” to the plaintiffs.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), is one at the forefront in the battle to safeguard his constituents from the devastating impact of a six-month or longer drilling moratorium.

“[Thursday’s] decision by the federal court sends a strong message that the president needs to start abiding by Judge Feldman’s initial ruling,” Scalise told HUMAN EVENTS after the denial came down.  “Judge Feldman clearly ruled that the drilling moratorium should never have been issued in the first place, and because the president’s latest legal maneuver has failed, the moratorium on offshore drilling can no longer be enforced.”

Far from abiding by the court’s ruling, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar vows to defy the court and enact another arbitrary, capricious ban on drilling.

“It is time for Secretary Salazar and President Obama to come to the table and work with those of us who have presented alternatives that will immediately increase safety and mitigate the environmental damage without shutting down the energy industry off Louisiana’s coast,” Scalise added.

Feldman’s order denying the stay of injunction can be found online HERE

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