On the heels of yesterdays news of U.S. Federal Judge Martin Feldman’s lifting of the 6 month deep water ban, comes even more bad news from the beleaguered Gulf Coast states. Yesterday a robotic submersible bumped the containment cap, resulting in having to remove the cap for physical inspection, of course it increased the flow of oil into the Gulf waters. Coast Guard Thad Allen said “There’s more coming up than there had been, but it’s not a totally unconstrained discharge.” The spill which has spewed an estimated 67million to 127million gallons of crude into the Gulf will continue until august or later. Yesterday Federal Judge Martin Feldman stroked the flames of the issue by lifting the 6 month deep water drilling moratorium imposed by president Obama. Feldman reasoned the government simply assumed that because one rig exploded, the others pose an imminent danger, too. Failing to address the procedural and criminal conduct that go back for years that greatly contributed to the disaster in the first place have yet been addressed and rectified. Neither has a proven method of containing and cleaning up a blow out like this. Its not that the chances of this happening again are very low, its that it is not zero, and we can not deal with the one we have going now. Allowing drilling in deep water to continue before all these issues have been addressed and satisfied is irresponsible. And as a judge we expect you to be of reasonable intelligence. You don’t have to be Stephen Hawking, but you should be able to see past your own feeble argument and ruled with reasonable intelligence.

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