WASHINGTON (AP) --
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he will issue a new order imposing a moratorium on deepwater drilling after a federal judge struck down the existing one.
Salazar said in a statement Tuesday evening that the new order
will contain additional information making clear why the six-month
drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The
judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the
day complained there wasn't enough justification for it.
Salazar pointed to indications of inadequate safety precautions
by industry on deepwater wells. He said he would issue a new order
in the coming days showing that a moratorium is needed.
The White House also is appealing the judge's ruling.