A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. government’s effort to keep a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium in place.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled soon after a Thursday afternoon hearing in a lawsuit filed by companies that oppose the drilling ban.
The Interior Department said the moratorium was necessary while it studied deepwater drilling risks in the wake of the BP oil spill…
The appeals court ruling found that the Interior Department failed to show the federal government would suffer “irreparable injury” if the ban isn’t restored while it appeals the lower court’s decision.
Law.com nailed it earlier today – 5th Circuit Judges in Drilling Moratorium Case Have Oil Ties, Report Says: Continue reading “"Change oil in the Gulf every six months or 15,000 lies" – 5th Circuit panel rejects moratorium”