The Justice Department said Wednesday that the zone extends 750 feet in all directions from the rig and its debris field. Officials said the zone will be in place for at least a year and could be renewed. A U.S. District Court judge in New Orleans approved keeping the area off-limits.
The government said the site must be kept secure to protect evidence for possible criminal and civil cases. Vessels and aircraft will patrol the area.
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