Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Interior Department will issue a new moratorium order Monday afternoon blocking deepwater oil and natural gas projects in the Gulf of Mexico, two Obama administration officials told CNN.
A previous six-month ban issued in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster was thrown out by a federal judge. Last week, a federal appeals panel rejected the government's request to overturn the lower court judge's decision.
The ban would prevent further deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico until officials determine what went wrong in the April 20 explosion and fire at an oil rig that led to oil gushing into the ocean 5,000 feet below the surface.
Updated: 2:45 p.m.