June 9, 2010
Hornbeck challenges legality of deepwater drilling moratorium
Hornbeck Offshore Services is challenging the legal authority of the Obama Administration to impose a 6 month moratorium on deepwater drilling.
On February 7, Hornbeck filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Kenneth Lee "Ken" Salazar, in his Official Capacity as Secretary,United States Department of the Interior; the United States Department Of The Interior; Robert "Bob" Abbey, in his Official Capacity as Acting Director, Minerals Management Service; and the Minerals Management Service.
Hornbeck asserts that both the Memorandum entitled "Suspension of Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Drilling of New Deepwater Wells" (the "Moratorium") issued by Secretary Salazar on May 28,2010, imposing a six month Moratorium on deepwater drilling on the OCS, and the MMS document entitled NTL No. 2010-N04, a "Notice to Lessees and Operators of Federal Oil and Gas Leases in the Outer Continental Shelf Regions of the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific to Implement the Directive to Impose a Moratorium on All Drilling of Deepwater Wells" (the "NTL"), effective May 30, 2010, which implemented the Moratorium, are arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and otherwise not in accordance with the Administrative Practices Act (APA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) and its implementing regulations.
Read the complaint HERE