Miss. Governor Reacts to Drilling Moratorium

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is praising a federal judge's decision to lift the Obama administration's six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Barbour, a Republican, has said repeatedly over the past two weeks that the moratorium was a bad policy that could hurt the national economy.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says the administration plans to appeal the judge's decision. The moratorium was a response to the April 20 explosion of an oil rig that has continued to gush oil into the Gulf.

Barbour says he hopes the judge's ruling will take effect quickly and be upheld on appeal. The governor said earlier this month that stopping deepwater drilling for six months could prompt some oil companies to move their equipment to other countries.

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