US Moves To Let Shell, Others Resume Drilling

Law360, New York (January 3, 2011, 9:40 PM EST) -- The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement on Monday announced it had moved to allow Shell Offshore Inc. and 12 other oil and gas firms to resume deepwater drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico without having to wait for certain environmental reviews.

The agency, which oversees U.S. offshore drilling, said it had notified 13 companies whose deepwater drilling projects were suspended in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that they may be able to recommence previously-approved operations without having to provide...
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