Ensco Suit Over Drilling Permit Delay Gets Green Light

Law360, New York (January 14, 2011, 1:28 PM EST) -- A federal judge has declined to dismiss Ensco Offshore Co.'s lawsuit alleging the U.S. government wrongfully delayed issuing permits for deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, though he refused to make the government immediately process Ensco's pending permits.

In an order issued Thursday, Judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana denied the government's motion to dismiss the three remaining counts in the case, ruling that Ensco was properly challenging discrete agency actions and not asserting an improper programmatic...
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