Offshore Drilling Permit Bill Passes In Committee

Law360, New York (April 13, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT) -- A week before the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved legislation Wednesday that would force environmental regulators to speed up decisions on drilling permit applications in the Gulf of Mexico.

The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 1229 by a vote of 27-16. The legislation would require the U.S. Department of the Interior to either grant or deny applications for offshore drilling permits within 30 days of receipt.

Two Democrats — Dan Boren of Oklahoma and Jim...
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