NEW ORLEANS (AP) --
A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. government's effort to keep a six-month deepwater drilling moratorium in place.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled soon after a Thursday afternoon hearing in a lawsuit filed by
companies that oppose the drilling ban.
The Interior Department said the moratorium was necessary while
it studied deepwater drilling risks in the wake of the BP oil
The moratorium was previously struck down by a lower court on
The appeals court ruling found that the Interior Department
failed to show the federal government would suffer "irreparable
injury" if the ban isn't restored while it appeals the lower