The January 13, 2011 Order (Dkt. No. 180) is VACATEDonly to the extent that it applies to the plaintiff’s motion forpreliminary injunction as to Count IV (Dkt. No. 139).
Permitting for shallow water drilling also hassuffered delays.1UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANAENSCO OFFSHORE CO., ET ALCIVIL ACTIONVERSUSNO. 10-1941KENNETH LEE "KEN" SALAZAR,SECTION "F"ET ALORDER & REASONSBefore the Court is plaintiff’s pending motion for preliminaryinjunction, which, after oral argument, the Court denied withoutprejudice on January 13, 2011 and ordered supplemental briefing.The Court now RESCINDS and VACATES its previous Order
and GRANTSthe plaintiff’s motion.
After Deepwater Horizon’s explosion and the catastrophic oilspill that followed, the Secretary of Interior twice in successionimposed a blanket moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf ofMexico. For the five months that the bans were in place, nopermits were issued for deepwater drilling. But, even after theSecretary formally lifted the second moratorium on October 12,2010, permits for deepwater drilling activities have not beenprocessed; little to no deepwater drilling has resumed.
Case 2:10-cv-01941-MLCF-JCW Document 229 Filed 02/17/11 Page 1 of 17