Jindal Sues to Lift Obama Drilling Ban

June 21, 2010 13:44

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has spent weeks throwing political punches at the Obama administration’s six-month freeze on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling, alleging it will wreak havoc on the region’s already battered economy. Now, Jindal is battling the moratorium in the courtroom, too.

By Ben Geman at The Hill

Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell on Sunday filed a legal brief in support of a Louisiana-based offshore services company that’s asking a federal judge to lift the ban.The ban is “effectively turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe for the state,” the brief alleges.

The ban is in place while the administration and a White House-created independent commission review drilling safety in the wake of the BP oil spill.

Jindal’s brief — filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana — alleges the Interior Department “completely ignored” the effect the ban will have on Louisiana’s economy.


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