HOUSTON, July 8 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday rejected the Obama administration's efforts to reinstate a six-month moratorium on deepwater-drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
A three-judge appeals panel handed down the verdict on Thursday afternoon after a hearing in a lawsuit filed by oil service companies claiming the ban would cause irreparable harm.
The judges said in the ruling that the Interior Department, which imposed the ban on May 27 after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig,failed to prove that the federal government would suffer "irreparable injury" if the ban is not in place.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman scrapped the six-month drilling ban on June 22. The Interior Department appealed Feldman's decision, saying the ban was necessary as it studied deepwater drilling risks after the massive oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig of the British oil giant BP.