According to the AP, Interior Secretary Salazar will impose the drilling moratorium despite a court ruling today lifting the moratorium.Earlier today, a federal judge in New Orleans lifted the moratorium. Numerous Louisiana officials have urged President Obama to not appeal appeal the court ruling.
In a statement, Salazar said Tuesday evening that the new order will contain additional information making clear why the six-month drilling pause was necessary in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. The judge in New Orleans who struck down the moratorium earlier in the day complained there wasn't enough justification for it.
Salazar pointed to indications of inadequate safety precautions by industry on deepwater wells. He said he would issue a new order in the coming days showing that a moratorium is needed.
The White House also is appealing the judge's ruling.
Louisiana public officials have applauded the federal court ruling.