Court Rejects Obama’s Job-Killing Drilling Ban Appeal

As they should have. 

A federal appeals-court panel on Thursday quickly rejected the Obama administration’s bid to keep intact a moratorium on deepwater drilling while it appealed a federal judge’s decision overturning the ban.

The three-judge panel ruled that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar didn’t prove the U.S. would suffer irreparable harm without an immediate ban on exploratory drilling in deep waters.

“The secretary has failed to demonstrate a likelihood of irreparable injury if the stay is not granted,” reads the panel’s decision, issued late Thursday shortly after the panel heard arguments from both sides in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. “He has made no showing that there is any likelihood that drilling activities will be resumed pending appeal.”

The Interior Department didn’t have immediate comment.

The decision came quicker than expected as the judges announced Thursday that they would rule by early next week.

Another smackdown for Team O.

Breaking: Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Job-Killing Offshore Drilling Moratorium

An already bad day gets much worse for Barry & Co.

Gulf Coast business owners sued, saying the moratorium may be a bigger threat to their livelihoods than the oil spill itself.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, based in New Orleans, called the moratorium too arbitrary.

“An invalid agency decision to suspend drilling of wells in depths of 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,” Feldman wrote in his opinion.

Dough Boy Gibbs says they will appeal the judge’s decision…ensuring they will never win an election in the Gulf Coast region.