| GULF OIL CRISIS
James Fox: They are spraying this poison at night over the heads of the residence.
Lindsey Williams: Oil Companies Chaplin says this is catastrophic and here are the facts.
60 Minutes: Oil worker who got off tells the incredible story.
Bloomburg: Bomb Designer on way to Gulf.
Hardball: Chris Matthews interviews former Shell CEO.
Home Video: Its raining oil in Louisiana.
Kindra Arnesan: "They are killing all of my friends and relatives here".
June 14, 2010
|Essential Watching: 60 Minutes - The Blowout
Part 1 and 2
Coast to Coast
June 14, 2010
Gulf Oil Crisis:
On Sunday night's show, Ian Punnett welcomed two guests, Jim Bell during the second hour and
Minister Lindsey Williams in the 3rd hour, for a discussion on the Gulf oil crisis as well as
alternative energy. Hall, who calls himself an "ecological designer," blamed the oil spill on a
corporate culture which focuses on making a profit by way of "taking short cuts" that, ultimately,
result in situations such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico. He put forward the notion that the ideal
scenario to break free of corporate controlled energy is to aggressively pursue efficient solutions
which would make the transition away from oil easier and faster. Using solar power as an example,
he theorized that, with good leadership, it would take about 40 years for such a transition to take
In the second hour, Minister Lindsey Williams, who once served as a chaplain for the oil companies
operating in Alaska, shared what he claimed to be the "real story" behind the Gulf oil crisis. He
explained that, in the 1970's, Russia drilled over 40,000 feet into the ground and discovered
abiotic oil, i.e. oil which replenishes itself via an as-yet-unknown chemical process. The off-shore
drilling done by BP in the Gulf of Mexico, Williams said, was their attempt to create a similar
super-deep well and access this same abiotic oil. However, according to his sources, the pressure
from this pocket of abiotic oil in the Gulf was so great that it burst all the safety valves on the
Williams went on to allege that oil industry insiders believe that the only method to stop the flow of
oil in the Gulf is via a nuclear device and even that has potential for catastrophic results. Hall, who
rejoined the conversation in the fourth hour, agreed with Williams about the potential danger of
using a nuke to thwart the spill because it could "pop the bubble" and cause all of the underground
oil to emerge simultaneously. On the potential long term effects of the crisis if the flow of oil is not
stopped, Hall speculated that it could reach Europe within three years through the Gulf Stream.
Additionally, Williams observed that the overwhelming amount of dangerous gasses, which are also
being released from the disaster, could be swept along the East Coast should a hurricane arrive in
June 14, 2010: TODAY ON CNN's 'AMERICAN MORNING' THE HUMAN TOLL .
Vapours from the crude oil and chemical dispersant are harmful to health. Dr. Riki 0tt (
http://www.rikiott.com/ ) showed that the oil is toxic and people working on the clearance should at
minimum be wearing respirators. Many who were employed to clear the oil from the Exon Valdez are
suffering serious health issues to this day. She is very concerned for the health of the thousands
along the Gulf who are breathing in the toxic vapours.
President Obama still not spoken with Chief Executive Officer of BP.
WHAT WILL THE PRESIDENT TELL US TOMORROW? PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS THE
NATION AT 8.0 PM Eastern Tuesday 15th June 2010.
Former Oil CEO informs Lindsey Williams the dreadful extent of the Gulf Oil Killer. Lindsey
interviewed on Alex Jones. BP hit mega pressure vein of oil and gas at 35,000 feet (30,000 below sea
bed) and its what is coming out with the oil that is of great concern. CEO says its not a conspiracy its a
huge accident, they hit enormous pressure which destroyed all equipment in its path. They have no
current answer to what is alleged to be 20 to 70,000 psi at pressure head and unless stopped will have
A Very Disturbing Report to Mel Fabregas from James Fox
James Fox reports to Mel Fabregas on the Veritas Show that BP are spraying at night under cover
and over the homes of those along the coast. Reports from as far away as 300 miles that fumes can
be smelt in the air. Fox, who is on site says the EPA are doing nothing about the spraying.
He reports Dolphins and Sharks trying to get into the bays to get away from toxic sea in the Gulf.
The security company employed by BP and are harassing the media and doing all they can to
minimize the amount of information reaching the public he says.
Just received this from Mel:
This is what I’m posting from today…
Here's the newest Veritas Special Report (with James Fox). Recorded just an hour ago...
1. BP is now spraying dispersant's at night and on top of populated areas.
2. BP is using Wackenhut as their security company to harass/threaten the media.
It's also here: http://www.veritasshow.com/veritasplayer.html
Mel - Listen to The Veritas Show and latest update from James Fox below.
|Oil coming from cracks in sea
bed - Reported to Congress
|E-mail from my friend and research colleague Lindy Tucker:
June 14, 2010
Subject: Lindsey Williams on the Oil in the Gulf
I have been reading and listening to Lindsey Williams for over 20 years, and he brings excellent
information to the people because of his contacts and knowledge. Here he is in a 10 minute audio
interview with Alex Jones and talks about the coming price of gas, the damage predictions of using the
chemical dispersant Corexit along the southeast, including Florida from prevailing winds.
This is not to alarm you, but inform you.
BP is using millions of gallons of Corexit to prevent you seeing all the oil coming from the blown pipe,
because it breaks most of it up before it hits the surface, but the well head is pierced in many other
places and the seabed floor is covered in oil for MILES. I want my friends and family down there to
consider the apocraphal events that can come from this looming disaster if it is not stopped soon (and it
BP had no contingency plan.
BTW, the New Horizon well sits above the second largest oil reserve in the world, and it's leaking in
several places in the wellhead as well.
Also, the ocean floor itself leaking oil, as the shelf is very delicate and under pressure, not to mention at
the beginning of a huge fault line running all the way up the Mississippi to the Great Lakes.
|Obama dispatched bomb
designer to Gulf: HERE
|Mystery Crop Damage Threatens Hundreds Of Acres
6:21 PM CDT, June 1, 2010
Its hitting farmers over hundreds of acres and it seems like its coming from the sky - its damaging
everything and birds nearby are dead. Is this the early results of secret night time spraying?
Why after 58 days is the official media still be harassed out of certain areas?
News Update tonight - June 16, 2010:
Spill coverage barriers remain despite promises
June 16, 2010
By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press Writer Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 46 mins ago
NEW ORLEANS – Journalists covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been yelled at, kicked off public
beaches and islands and threatened with arrest in the nearly three weeks since the government promised
improved media access.
Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point person for the response, issued a May 31 directive to BP
PLC and federal officials ensuring media access to key sites along the coast. BP Chief Operating Officer
Doug Suttles followed up with a letter to news organizations, saying the company "fully supports and defends
all individuals' rights to share their personal thoughts and experiences with journalists if they so choose."
Those efforts have done little to curtail the obstacles, harassment and intimidation tactics journalists are
facing by federal officials and local police, as well as BP employees and contractors, while covering the worst
environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.
"We think a lot of the restrictions are way tighter than they need to be," said Michael Oreskes, an AP senior
managing editor. "So far, I think the government has done a better job of controlling the flow of information
than of controlling the flow of oil in the Gulf."
Oreskes wrote to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Wednesday demanding that President
Barack Obama's administration improve media access. Gibbs did not immediately respond to a request for
Among the limitations AP is protesting is a Federal Aviation Administration rule barring aircraft from flying low
enough to observe and photograph coastal impact and cleanup. The limit is set at 3,000 feet for planes, and
appears to have recently been lowered to 1,500 feet for helicopters. Before the restriction was imposed,
aircraft carrying members of the media routinely flew between 500 and 1,000
feet without incident.
The letter points out that while Allen's letter promised more transparency, several incidents since then have
violated his order:
• On June 5, sheriff's deputies in Grand Isle, La., threatened an AP photographer with arrest for criminal
trespassing after he spoke to BP employees and took pictures of cleanup workers on a public beach.
• On June 6, an AP reporter was in a boat near an island in Barataria Bay, off the Louisiana coast, when a
man in another boat identifying himself as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife employee ordered the reporter to leave
the area. When the reporter asked to see identification, the man refused, saying "My name doesn't matter,
you need to go."
• According to a June 10 CNN video, one of the network's news crews was told by a bird rescue worker that
he signed a contract with BP stating that he would not talk to the media. The crew was also turned away by
BP contractors working at a bird triage area — despite having permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service to enter the facility.
• On June 11 and 12, private security guards patrolling in the Grand Isle area attempted repeatedly to
prevent a crew from New Orleans television station WDSU from walking on a public beach and speaking with
• On June 13, a charter helicopter pilot carrying an AP photographer was contacted by the Federal Aviation
Administration, which told the pilot he had violated the temporary flight restriction by flying below 3,000 feet.
Both the pilot and photographer contend the helicopter never flew below 3,000 feet. However, the federal
government now says helicopters in the restricted area are allowed to fly as low as 1,500 feet.
About Grand Isle, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman John Fortunato said Tuesday that the media
does not have access to some designated areas.
"We are the senior law enforcement agency in Jefferson Parish, so we are assisting the police on Grand Isle
with enforcing that," Fortunato said. "Any area that is designated unsafe, or a hot zone is closed to the
He said reporters would be warned, but if they continued to violate the area they would be arrested.
In the WDSU case, station News Director Jonathan Shelley said the resistance from the private security
guards was especially puzzling, especially since it came shortly after Suttles' letter.
"Our frustration was that no sooner had this letter been sent out, that we were rebuffed twice," Shelley said.
Some other news organizations said access has improved since Allen's May directive.
"Generally the situation is better than it was a couple of weeks ago," said Peter Kovacs, managing editor of
The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.
But USA Today published an editorial Monday about media access to the affected areas, citing instances
where reporters were shunned.
"BP maintains these are anomalies. But every such attempt deepens the impression that BP, having caused
the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, is trying to manipulate what the public sees about it," the
The AP's letter Wednesday is the latest correspondence between the news organization and the White
House about oil spill access.
AP first contacted Obama on June 5, outlining its concerns in a letter from President and CEO Tom Curley.
Gibbs followed up with a call to AP editors and a written response. If journalists have concerns, Gibbs said,
they can call to report their experiences with a joint information center run by the federal government and BP
in Houma, La.
Oreskes said he called the number from his office in New York on Tuesday and left a message.
"I'm still waiting for them to call me back," he said.
Associated Press Writer Mary Foster in New Orleans contributed to this report.
|B.P. and the United States Government cant wait
for interest and media focus to fall away because
the extent of the horror taking place is getting
worse with loss of life to plants, birds, fish and all
other forms in the water and the coastal region. -
this is fact. We have to keep very vigilant and stay
on top of this. We got here because we took our
eye off the ball in allowing greed to take short cuts
and governments and industry to form a cosy old
mens club where regulation and safety were easy
This has to be the moment to change all of this.
B.P. Don't want you to see this - THIS IS HOW IT IS.
It would seem to some as if Gaia is hitting back: Lightning strikes huge statue
of Jesus and then hits boat and stops oil recovery in the Gulf.
June 15, 2010
1. Lightning stops oil recovery as ship is hit and starts fire.
By HARRY R. WEBER and RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writers Harry R. Weber And Ray Henry,
Associated Press Writers – Tue Jun 15, 6:03 pm ET
HOUSTON – A drill ship resumed siphoning off oil gushing from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico on
Tuesday after a bolt of lightning struck the vessel and ignited a fire that halted containment efforts, the
BP PLC spokesman Bill Salvin told The Associated Press that the drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise
resumed processing oil Tuesday afternoon, about five hours after the fire caused an emergency
shutdown........ Full story.
2. Huge statue of Jesus hit by lightning and set on fire.
The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the
evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m. Monday June 14, 2010 Monroe police
The sculpture, about 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed Jesus from the torso up and was
nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way the arms were raised, similar to a referee signaling a
touchdown. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained
The largest Jesus statue in the world at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hit by
lightning - Feb 2008
Jesus statue hit by lightning Monday
June 14, 2010.
Oil recovery was stopped in the Gulf Tuesday June 15,
2010 when Discoverer Enterprise was hit by lightning
causing a fire.
The Methane Gas - What Danger does it pose and why isnt it being discussed?
Paul Noel, 52, works as Software Engineer (as Contractor) for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He
has a vast experience base including education across a wide area of technical skills and sciences. He
supplies technical expertise in all areas required for new products development associated with the US Army
office he works in. He supplies extensive expertise in understanding the Oil and Gas industry as well.
Born in Lynnwood Washington, he came to Huntsville Alabama, when his father moved to be part of NASA’s
effort to put men on the moon. Neal Armstrong may have gotten the ride, but his father’s computers did the
Paul is also a founding member of the New Energy Congress
Response by Paul Noel
for Pure Energy Systems News
I really do think that the situation is getting further and further out of hand.
By yesterday morning, the nature of the crude had changed, indicating that the spill was collapsing the rock
structures. How much I cannot say. If it is collapsing the rock structures, the least that can be said is that the
rock is fragmenting and blowing up the tube with the oil. With that going on you have a high pressure abrasive
sand blaster working on the kinks in the pipe eroding it causing the very real risk of increasing the leaks.
More than that is the very real risk of causing the casing to become unstable and literally blowing it up the well
bringing the hole to totally open condition. Another risk arises because according to reports the crew was
cementing the exterior of the casing when this happens. As a result, the well, if this was not properly
completed, could begin to blow outside the casing. Another possible scenario is a sea floor collapse. If that
happens Katie bar the door.
I do not see any good possibilities from humans further fracturing the rock particularly at higher levels. That is
the cap rock that is holding the deposit together.
I do see a possible use of explosives for favorable outcome. If a properly sized charge were applied in a
shaped fashion around the drill pipe at some distance from it say 5 feet or so it is entirely possible that an
explosive charge could pinch the pipe off similar to a hydraulic clamp. The resulting situation would vastly
reduce the spill. Once you clamped off the pipe much more substantially say down to 1 foot or less opening
the resulting pipe could be charge cut above the location and a tapered pipe fitted to it to collect any leaking
oil. The end result would be to contain the spill and dramatically control any leaks because drill mud could
then be entered into the pipe fitted to the exterior. In the end, the pipe could be controlled that way. The size
of a charge to do this would be a few pounds not megatons.
A nuclear detonation carries the real risk of giving us the full doomsday scenario on this well. I just don't like
doing that. There is no coming back from the brink when you do that one. If it works, which I see as unlikely,
great. If it doesn't work, there is now a maybe a hole 1/4 mile across leaking oil. That looks worse than any
possible outcomes otherwise.
Oil Deposit Capacity
The BP people are not talking, but this well is into a deposit that easily could top 500,000 barrels production
per day for 10 or 15 years. Letting that all go in one blast seems more than foolish.
The deposit is one I have known about since 1988. The deposit is very big. The central pressure in the
deposit is 165 to 170 thousand PSI. It contains so much hydrocarbon that you simply cannot imagine it. In
published reports, BP estimated a blow out could reach near 200,000 Barrels per day (165,000) They may
have estimated a flow rate on a 5 foot pipe. The deposit is well able to surpass this.
The oil industry has knowledge of the deposit more than they admit. The deposit is 100 miles off shore. They
are drilling into the edge of the deposit to leak it down gently to be able to produce from the deposit. The
deposit is so large that while I have never heard exact numbers it was described to me to be either the largest
or the second largest oil deposit ever found. It is mostly a natural gas deposit. That is another reason not to
blast too willy nilly there. The natural gas that could be released is really way beyond the oil in quantity. It is
like 10,000 times the oil in the deposit.
It is this deposit that has me reminding people of what the Shell geologist told me about the deposit. This was
the quote, "Energy shortage..., Hell! We are afraid of running out of air to burn." The deposit is very large. It
covers an area off shore something like 25,000 square miles. Natural Gas and Oil is leaking out of the deposit
as far inland as Central Alabama and way over into Florida and even over to Louisiana almost as far as
Texas. This is a really massive deposit. Punching holes in the deposit is a really scary event as we are now
Rig and Pipe Info
The pipe is a fairly rigid pipe and sticks up out of the Blow out prevention device for some distance before it
bends over and kinks off. The distance is not long but is enough to do what I suggested. Explosive forming of
metals is a standard technology and under water it is easier. The charge focuses very predictably.
Imaging a long straw that is 1 mile long and has kinked over in several locations. This is about what you have.
I have seen the submarine photos from early on. Just a really big straw. It has about a 1.5 or 2 foot diameter
drill pipe in the center with about a 10 inch hole down the center. I am not exactly sure on the drill pipe size.
The casing here is very thick steel. It has to handle massive pressures.
The rig is quite some distance away from the well. It may be a 1/4 mile or more away. It sort of bent over and
then kinked the pipe as it went down.
I guess the size here sort of bends the imagination. This rig has a deck area of about 3 to 4 acres. It had a
crew quarters on board that had about 120 people in it. (Imagine a big hotel here.) The hotel on the rig was
about 4 stories high. You just cannot imagine until you see these rigs how big they are. If you want to see one
go to Mobile Bay. Gulf High Island 2 and other rigs in the area can be seen clearly for 90 miles from
Pensacola Florida. The towers go up 1100 feet. You can take the ferry right between two rigs if you go from
Fort Morgan to Dauphin Island. There is no comparison to these rig anywhere in the world. They are the
biggest ever built bar none.
Controls That Should Have Been In Place
By the way, I am not against drilling it, I am just against doing so without proper controls.
The rig that was drilling was not a US Flagged rig. That means US Inspectors were not allowed on board the
rig to inspect it. As a matter of National Security under the GATT the USA has a right to demand US Only in
various technology. The USA should never allow a foreign flag vessel to drill for oil in the US Economic Zone
(200 mile limit).
Acoustic automated shut of devices should be required.
I think US Federal Inspectors should have to be resident on and inspecting rigs like this 24/7.
I think that the drilling should be required to do some smaller holes that deliberately miss the main deposit that
test the structure before main drilling operations happen.
Careful procedures should be in place to set up wells before they hit the main deposit. The well casing should
have to be inserted well before the drill hits the deposit and it should have to be cemented in at least 2 weeks
prior to finishing the hole down to the oil or gas. This is to give the cement time to set. The casing should have
ridging to make this cement have a tight wedged grip on the miles of rock around it. This is required because
the lift pressure on a pipe in this case could easily reach 20 million pounds of lift. This is an insane amount of
up pressure. Even at 70,000 psi it would lift about 140 million pounds. (almost 64,000 long tons!)
Haste from Economic Pressure
I suspect that the series of disasters we have seen in mines around the world and in the USA regards coal and
oil are the product of pushing the crews and developments too fast due to the high economic pressures. This
happened the last time (Sago and others) when the economic pressure started rising.
The economic pressures on the energy prices are stunning. Everyone is trying to keep their economy going.
You can measure the economic output of a nation directly with the energy consumption day to day. The USA
dropped its energy consumption in the current downturn (depression) by about 24%. It is now rising again. We
are about 19% down and rising. The current situation is that the developments in oil/gas and coal are not
keeping pace with what is going to be the demand shortly. They cannot even hope to meet the demand.
This is why I said that Alternative Energy is the only hope.
They can push the pedal to the metal (figuratively speaking) and there is not going to be a speed up much.
Since human demand is going to force increases in supply towards 3 times the current level in less than 30
years, we are looking at a big hole with no hope of fixing it.
Air pollution world wide is reaching levels that are at the limits of the environment to take the demands. This
increase in energy has to come from somewhere else.
Nuclear power doesn't have the potential. It turns out to run out of fuel in about 30 years. Worse yet solving
the problem with nuclear doesn't do anything but boil away scarce fresh water supplies. All combustion does
this. The only solutions are ones where the energy comes from somewhere else. Solar and Wind are good
options. As you are also aware, the hard core alternatives are there in magnetic power etc. This has to come.
The alternatives to drilling US Waters for oil if we solve this with oil are to depend more and more on hostile
powers for oil. Funding your enemies is insane. Drilling in US waters risks ever increasing threats of what we
have going on right now.
The collapse of rock structures is even more scary. Mexico has one entire state that is being held up by
nitrogen injection wells that would sink if that gas is released. This is not funny stuff. I know I get punched by
the "know nothings" out there with political agenda, but I will risk it. If you will note the Oil and Gas people
pretty much don't say anything against me. They know. I have been to some of their events and they actually
like what I have to say. They cannot say it for fear of their jobs.
If one estimates the cost of a barrel of oil from the Middle East, the US Armed Forces cost added in would
drive it to about $2000/barrel. If people paid this at the pump they would be demanding what I say with force
so high you couldn't hear anything else. If you factor in the cost of spills and such domestic oil probably costs
$500/barrel or more. This is just insane.
After one of the largest environmental calamities in history
and President Obama's appeal to suspend deep sea drilling
for six months pending the investigations into how this
happened - Judge who is previously known to have invested
in the oil industry over-rules caution and decides to " Drill
baby Drill. There is no sign yet of intelligence on planet
( Comments Colin Andrews )
Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium
By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press Writer –
June 22, 2010 (54 mins ago) NEW ORLEANS
– A federal judge struck down the Obama administration's six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of
Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in
immediate danger, too.
The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new
permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes that until investigations can determine
why the spill happened, continued deepwater drilling could expose workers and the environment to "a danger
that the president does not believe we can afford."
Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling
rigs asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium.
They argued it was arbitrarily imposed after the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling
rig that killed 11 workers and blew out the well 5,000 feet underwater. It has spewed anywhere from
67 million to 127 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.
Feldman sided with the companies.
"What seems clear is that the federal government has been pressed by what happened on the Deepwater
Horizon into an otherwise sweeping confirmation that all Gulf deepwater drilling activities put us all in a
universal threat of irreparable harm," he wrote.
Feldman's financial disclosure report for 2008, the most recent available, shows holdings in at least
eight petroleum companies or companies that invest in them, including Transocean Ltd., which
owned the Deepwater Horizon. The report shows that most of his holdings were valued at less than
$15,000, though it did not provide specific amounts.
It's not clear whether Feldman still has all of the energy industry stock listed in the report. Recent court filings
indicate he may no longer have Transocean shares. He did not own any shares in big companies such as BP
PLC, which was leasing the rig that exploded, or ExxonMobil.
Feldman did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his current holdings.
Josh Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, said his ruling should be rescinded if he still
has investments in companies that could benefit from Tuesday's ruling.
"If Judge Feldman has any investments in oil and gas operators in the Gulf, it represents a flagrant conflict of
interest," he said. "It is possible that he has sold off those assets. We just don't know."
Feldman's ruling prohibits federal officials from enforcing the moratorium until a trial is held. He did not set a
The lawsuit was filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La., and company CEO Todd Hornbeck said
after the ruling he is looking forward to getting back to work.
"It's the right thing for not only the industry but the country," he said.
Earlier in the day, executives at a major oil conference in London warned the moratorium would cripple world
energy supplies. Steven Newman, president and CEO of Transocean, called it an unnecessary overreaction.
"There are things the administration could implement today that would allow the industry to go back to work
tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month time limit," Newman told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.
BP CEO Tony Hayward skipped the event after coming under fire for attending a yacht race in England on
Saturday rather than dealing with the spill.
Shares of BP, which owns 65 percent of the blown-out well, dropped 81 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $29.52, near a
14-year-old low for the shares in U.S. trading. Shares of other companies associated with the spill remained low
despite Feldman's ruling.
The drilling moratorium was declared May 6 and originally was to last only through the month. Obama
announced May 27 that he was extending it for six months.
In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal and corporate leaders said that would force drilling rigs to leave the Gulf of
Mexico for lucrative business in foreign waters.
They said the loss of business would cost the area thousands of lucrative jobs, most paying more than $50,000
a year. The state's other major economic sector, tourism, is a largely low-wage industry.
Feldman agreed, writing: "An invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths over 500 feet simply
cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region and the critical
present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country."
Tim Kerner, the mayor of Lafitte, La., cheered the ruling.
"I love it. I think it's great for the jobs here and the people who depend on them," said Kerner, whose
constituents make their living primarily from commercial fishing or oil.
In its response to the lawsuit, the Interior Department had argued the moratorium was necessary as attempts to
stop the leak and clean the Gulf continue and new safety standards are developed.
"A second deepwater blowout could overwhelm the efforts to respond to the current disaster," the Interior
The government also challenged contentions the moratorium would cause long-term economic harm. Although
33 deepwater drilling sites were affected, there are still 3,600 oil and natural gas production platforms in the
Catherine Wannamaker, a lawyer for environmental groups that intervened in the case and supported the
moratorium, called the ruling "a step in the wrong direction."
"We think it overlooks the ongoing harm in the Gulf, the devastation it has had on people's lives," she said.
"The harm at issue with the Deepwater Horizon spill is bigger than just the Louisiana economy. It affects all of
Associated Press Writers Pauline Arrillaga in Lafitte, La., and Jane Wardell and Robert Barr in London
contributed to this report.
|"Other links about the Judges important decision - The power of influence from big oil knows no bounds - with
the Gulf filling with oil and the sky of Methane Gas, wildlife of all kinds in terrible trouble - too late for some, a
single heavily biased Judge decides no caution necessary. Where do these people come from" ?
Guardian Newspaper: - Huffington Post: - Yahoo News: - Fox News :
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music - STOP and meditate HERE
Stop the Use of
Dispersants in the Gulf
Chris Matthews on Hardball interviews Ex CEO of Shell Oil. Another eye opener.
Its Raining Oil in Louisiana
June 23, 2010
|Stop: Listen to the Elders. Here