An interesting legal predicament

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From Bloomberg:
U.S. in Contempt Over Gulf Drill Ban, Judge Rules
The Obama Administration acted in contempt by continuing its deepwater-drilling moratorium after the policy was struck down, a New Orleans judge ruled.

Interior Department regulators acted with �determined disregard� by lifting and reinstituting a series of policy changes that restricted offshore drilling, following the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, U.S. District Judge, Martin Feldman of New Orleans ruled yesterday.

�Each step the government took following the court�s imposition of a preliminary injunction showcases its defiance,� Feldman said in the ruling.

�Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government�s contempt,� Feldman said.

President Barack Obama�s administration first halted offshore exploration in waters deeper than 500 feet in May, after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the Louisiana coast led to a subsea blowout of a BP Plc well that spewed more than 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
And the longer we halt drilling, the more expensive it becomes to start up again. Especially with the Suez Canal in jeopardy, cheap local oil is a necessity and one that our government is too blind to see... Here is the website for the Offshore Marine Service Association's Drilling Moratorium factsheet.

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