On July 13, 2010, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a six month drilling moratorium because of safety concerns based on new evidence from the BP oil spill. The moratorium targeted specific drilling technologies and affected only deep water drilling operations. The ban was lifted in October 2010, seven weeks ahead of schedule, following new regulations and industry safety strategies. After the ban was lifted, Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana dismissed an industry challenge to the moratorium for mootness. However, Feldman found the government in contempt of court for violating his order to lift the moratorium.
Learn more about offshore drilling from the JURIST news archive.