5th Circ. Won't Let DOI Impose Gulf Drilling Ban

Law360, New York (July 8, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court on Thursday refused to stay an injunction barring the U.S. Department of the Interior from enforcing a six-month drilling prohibition in the Gulf of Mexico, calling the DOI's fears of dangerous deepwater drilling without the ban "entirely speculative."

The U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order rejecting Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s bid for a stay following oral arguments. The court did note, however, that the government had the right to apply for emergency relief if...
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