The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal from offshore service companies affected by a moratorium on deep sea drilling that the federal government imposed after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The issue the appeal sought to address was whether the government violated the judicial order that struck down its temporary moratorium on deep water drilling after the oil spill.
A federal judge reversed the Interior Department’s decision to discontinue new permits for deep water projects and postpone drilling on 33 exploratory wells after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. Also, the agency issued an additional, almost identical suspension, prompting the judge to issue a civil contempt finding. However, a federal appellate court decided that while Interior officials took steps to avoid the injunction’s effects, officials did not technically violate it.
Source: The Associated Press
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