Jul 8, 2010 6:50 AM by Sharlee Barriere
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court is set to hear the
Justice Department's bid to delay a judge's decision to overturn a
six-month deepwater drilling moratorium.
A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday from lawyers on both sides
of a lawsuit filed by several companies that oppose the Obama
administration's temporary drilling ban.
The Interior Department said it halted any new permits for
deepwater projects and suspended drilling on 33 exploratory wells
to protect the Gulf of Mexico from another environmental disaster
while it studies the risks of deepwater drilling.
The government is asking the 5th Circuit panel for an order that
would keep the moratorium in place while they appeal U.S. District
Judge Martin Feldman's June 22 ruling.