Energy Cos. Attack DOI's Delay In Issuing Leases

Law360, New York (October 18, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT) -- A petroleum trade group and six energy firms are claiming that although the companies paid millions of dollars for drilling leases over the last five years, they are still waiting on the U.S. government to issue the leases.

Western Energy Alliance and the companies lodged a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Monday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and its Bureau of Land Management division.

The suit asserts that the Mineral Leasing Act requires leases to be issued...
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