WHSV - Green - Headlines

Judge Orders Action on Some Gulf of Mexico Drilling Permits

A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled on a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department arguments that the issue was moot because it already has resumed issuing permits following the moratorium that was imposed last year after the massive BP oil spill.

Three permit applications in the original lawsuit have been granted.

But Feldman said the government's issuing of what he called "a scant few applications" does not provide the certainty Ensco needs to conduct its business in the Gulf. He said the law required the six remaining Ensco-related applications to be acted on within a reasonable period.

©2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


WHSV.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 121638364 - whsv.com/a?a=121638364
Gray Television, Inc.