The State of Alaska has filed a petition for a writ of mandamus that would compel the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to vacate the drilling moratorium imposed by DOI or issue an appealable order regarding the effect of the moratorium on Alaskan offshore drilling. Alaska notes in its petition that the drilling moratorium as issued by DOI applies only to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, but that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's public statements and conduct constitute an improper extension of the moratorium to Alaska. The petition, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, is available in the PACER system under Docket No. 3:10-cv-00205, and Bloomberg provides further coverage.