NEW ORLEANS – NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Several companies say the Obama administration is ignoring a judge's decision to strike down a six-month ban on deepwater drilling.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman overturned that ban Tuesday. Hours later, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would impose a new moratorium. He hasn't provided more details.
Attorneys for the oilfield service companies said in court papers Wednesday that Salazar's comments have had a chilling effect on the resumption of drilling.
Several major oil companies say they'll wait to start drilling again until the Obama administration appeals the ruling.