The Obama administration issued its second moratorium on deepwater oil drilling Monday after a federal judge rejected the first ban last month.
The new ban, issued by the Department of the Interior, aims to protect communities, coasts and wildlife by stopping deepwater drilling while oil and gas companies implement safety measures to prevent risks of another spill and officials determine what caused the BP explosion on April 20.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman rejected the administration’s first moratorium after oil services and shipbuilding companies sued on grounds that it there was not adequate reasoning and it would have a permanent effect on the economy of the Gulf region. An appeals court refused to reinstate the ban last week.
The revised moratorium would allow some drilling rigs to resume operating if they have adequate plans and resources to prevent and recover from a spill. But the ban, which will be in effect until Nov. 30, will likely still face opposition from commercial interests in the area.
“We know that that is not without some economic consequences to the region,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said in a press release Monday. “But it’s imperative that we have a sense of what happened before we continue to do this again.”
Meanwhile, recovery efforts continue. BP installed a new sealing cap Monday, and as of Monday, more than 31.41 million gallons of oily water had been recovered and more than 46,000 personnel were involved in the clean-up effort.