Jun 11, 2010 3:11 PM by Chris Welty
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has set a hearing for June 21
on a lawsuit aimed at nullifying the six-month ban on deepwater
drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The suit, which names the federal government as defendant, was
filed earlier this week by Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc., a
vessel service company that says it expects big losses from the
Hornbeck's suit claims the government illegally ordered the
moratorium, which many in the industry expect to put a long-term
chill on deepwater domestic drilling.
Bollinger Shipyards Inc. and Edison Chouest Offshore Services
joined the suit on Wednesday.
The hearing will be before U.S. District Judge Martin L.C.