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Jindal files brief to stop drilling moratorium

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) office announced today that he filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit granting an injunction to stop President Obama's moratorium on deepwater drilling.

The brief argues that states are entitled to participate in the policy and decision-making process by the federal government on issues relating to the exploration and development of Outer Continental Shelf minerals and requires the Secretary of Interior to cooperate with affected states. The brief states, "Inasmuch as the State of Louisiana was completely ignored by defendants in the establishment of this moratorium for alleged safety reasons, the question arises whether that failure renders Defendants' action invalid."

Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "U.S. District Court Judge Martin Feldman said today that he will decide on whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the six-month deepwater drilling moratorium by noon Wednesday."