Federal appeals court rules against restoring the drilling ban in the Gulf

From New Orleans:

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the federal government’s effort to restore an offshore deepwater drilling moratorium, opening the door to resumed drilling in the Gulf while the legal fight continues.

The ruling is not the final word on the Obama administration’s fight to suspend new drilling projects so it can study the risks revealed by the disastrous BP oil spill.

The Obama administration sought to block drilling while the case was decided. That was rejected but now they will hear the whole case sometime in late August or early September. Because of uncertainty – there’s that word again – few drillers are likely to resume drilling.

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