Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Deep Water Oil Drilling Moratorium

The Department of the Interior today issued a new moratorium (see here) on deep water oil exploration and drilling to replace the one blocked by the federal courts for lack of substantial evidence in the record to support the moratorium (under the Administrative Procedures Act).

This new version should pass judicial review. Whereas the initial moratorium consisted in a single page, with little explanation (as if much explanation was needed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill), the new version is nearly 30 pages of evidence, analysis, and explanation.

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