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Jun 21, 2010 2:08 PM by Melissa Canone

Judge Rule by Wednesday: Overturn Moratorium

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Companies that ferry people and supplies to
offshore oil rigs are asking a judge to overturn a six-month
moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard two hours of arguments
Monday in a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore, a Covington,
La.-based oilfield service company. Feldman says he'll rule by
Wednesday.
The moratorium was ordered by the U.S. Department of the
Interior. It affects 33 projects that were under way when the
BP-operated rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11
workers, and sank two days later.
Hornbeck, which operates offshore vessels, was joined in the
suit by other companies that service offshore rigs. The suit claims
the Interior Department did not have proof that the projects pose a
threat.

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