The US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled that the six month moratorium set for deepwater drilling would cause irretrievable loss to the plaintiffs and irreparable harm to their business.
Hornbeck Offshore Services had brought the suit.
In the ruling, the court granted a temporary restraining order against the government’s actions to shut the Gulf to the kind of drilling activity that was used to create the Deepwater Horizon well. The court said that the government was likely to have violated the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Martin Feldman was the judge who posted the ruling.
Douglas A. McIntyre