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A New Orleans judge could decide Thursday whether a government ban on deepwater drilling will continue.
The Obama administration has asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to delay his decision to lift the ban until an appeals court reviews the case later in the summer.
Earlier this week, Feldman struck down the deepwater drilling ban, declaring it "arbitrary and capricious."
Obama administration lawyers filed the paperwork Wednesday signaling their intention to appeal Feldman's decision. Feldman could rule on the government's request as early as Thursday, government officials said.
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