On June 25, 2010, the US Department of Justice asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to stay a district court ruling to lift a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar confirmed the appeal, stating that the ban on deepwater drilling was the "right decision" and that it was necessary to protect the environment and citizens of the Gulf coast. The ban was announced by the Obama administration along with a host of new offshore drilling regulations in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The purpose of the regulatory scheme, stated Obama administration officials, was to prevent future disasters through stronger regulation.
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