Despite Static Kill Success, Drilling Ban Continues

The nation's top drilling regulator is refusing to pin down a date for a possible early end to the deep-water drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico.

Michael Bloomberg says the Obama Administration was considering tossing out the six-month ban.

He now says it is "very unlikely" a decision will come before a Federal Appeals Court's September hearing on a lawsuit challenging the moratorium.

The ban was struck down by a Federal Judge in June.

A second version emphasizing safety equipment rather than water depth was imposed in July.