Earlier this morning, a federal judge ruled against Obama’s drilling moratorium, citing that the federal government didn’t provide enough evidence to support such a draconian measure.
Now Bobby Jindal, concerned that the Oil industry won’t go back to drilling until they know they can continue without interruption, appeals to Obama not to appeal the federal judge’s decision so as not to arbitrarily continue the moratorium. Bottom line, they need these jobs and they need them bad. (H/T: Cubachi)
UPDATE: Sec. Salazar will impose new drilling moratorium even though Fed. Judge overruled the last one:
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one.
Salazar said in a statement Tuesday evening that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn’t enough justification for it.
Salazar pointed to indications of inadequate safety precautions by industry on deepwater wells. He said he would issue a new order in the coming days showing that a moratorium is needed.
The White House also is appealing the judge’s ruling.