Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Court sets hearing on drilling moratorium

Advocate staff writer
Published: Jun 30, 2010 - Page: 5A

"A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the federal government’s plea for reinstatement of the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico during oral arguments scheduled for July 8 in New Orleans.

The Obama administration announced the six-month moratorium on May 28. But a group of offshore service companies persuaded U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to end the freeze three weeks later.

Now, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is asking U.S. Circuit Judges W. Eugene Davis, Jerry E. Smith and James L. Dennis to reverse Feldman.

The state of Louisiana has joined the offshore service companies in asking the 5th Circuit to uphold Feldman’s decision." More>>>>

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