Posted: Jun 22, 2010 7:29 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Jun 22, 2010 7:30 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Tuesday it will
immediately appeal a federal judge's ruling against the Obama
administration's moratorium on new deepwater drilling.
A New Orleans judge on Tuesday blocked the six-month ban imposed
in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, saying the Interior Department
had failed to provide adequate reasons for it.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, defended the
moratorium and promised an immediate appeal to the 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals.
Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes that until
investigations can determine why the spill happened, continued
deepwater drilling potentially exposes workers and the environment
to "a danger that the president does not believe we can afford."
Obama wanted the moratorium to be in place until a commission he
appointed could complete a six-month investigation.