Jul 19, 2010 8:28 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge who overturned the Obama
administration's initial six-month moratorium on deepwater oil
drilling has refused to disqualify himself from the case.
Several environmental groups had asked U.S. District Judge
Martin Feldman to withdraw from the case because of his investments
in several oil and gas companies. Feldman refused in an order
issued Friday and posted Monday.
Earlier this month, a federal appeals court rejected the
government's bid to restore its temporary ban on issuing new
permits for deepwater drilling and suspension of 33 existing
drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Justice Department later issued a new moratorium that it
hopes will pass muster with the courts.