Aera Energy Fights For Calif. Oil Leases In DC Circ.

Law360, New York (January 24, 2011, 7:39 PM EST) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC affiliate Aera Energy LLC asked the D.C. Circuit on Monday to return the rights to several hydrocarbon leases off the California coast that the U.S. Department of the Interior had revoked.

Aera and fellow appellant Noble Energy Inc. argued before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying that it was entitled to the reinstatement of four offshore oil and gas leases, which the DOI's former Minerals Management Service's Pacific...
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