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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Obama-Appointed Judge Throws Out Obama's Drilling Regulations

Irony. It will be interesting if Obama decides to comply, since generally he has preferred to be held in contempt of court when he's been overturned.

A judge on Friday threw out Obama administration rules that sought to slow down expedited environmental review of oil and gas drilling on federal land.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal ruled in favor of a petroleum industry group, the Western Energy Alliance, in its lawsuit against the federal government, including Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The ruling reinstates Bush-era expedited oil and gas drilling under provisions called categorical exclusions on federal lands nationwide, Freudenthal said.