11th Circ. Says Shell Gulf Drilling Plan OK Despite Deepwater

Law360, New York (June 22, 2012, 6:49 PM ET) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Friday denied petitions by environmental groups to review a Gulf of Mexico drilling plan by Shell Oil Co. after the court decided a federal agency had taken the Deepwater Horizon disaster into adequate consideration when evaluating the scheme.

Axing two separate petitions from seven conservation groups, the court said the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had paid sufficient attention to the incident despite the plan's reliance on a 2007 environmental impact statement, which was conducted years before the 2010 disaster. The petitioners...
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