CNN: Government issuing new order suspending deepwater drilling
The federal government announced Monday it is issuing a new order to suspend deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of California until as late as November 30.
While describing the new step as a suspension, rather than a moratorium like the original ban issued in May in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster, the new order expands the drilling operations covered to include those off California in what is called the Pacific region. The original moratorium was limited to deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal judge threw out the initial six-month ban, and last week, a federal appeals panel rejected the government’s request to overturn the lower court judge’s decision.