Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar must turn over materials to opponents of a deep-water drilling moratorium after a judge found the records supported claims the U.S. didn’t weigh new evidence in ordering a revised ban.
U.S. Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar , who has promised a new ban on deep-water oil drilling after an initial one was ruled illegal, has hinted what a revised moratorium might look like and may provide more details when questioned by members of Congress today.
Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. and more than a dozen other oil service companies asked a judge to enforce his order lifting a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, claiming the U.S. plans a “de facto” continuation of the ban.
U.S. regulators and the oil industry have until Oct. 11 to answer U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ’s questions before he decides whether to reject or uphold the offshore drilling ban, Feldman ordered today.
A federal judge denied the U.S. government’s request to delay an order that allows deepwater oil drilling to resume while the U.S. notified an appeals court it would challenge the decision lifting the six-month moratorium.