Drilling Cos. Take $684M DOI Rule-Change Row To Fed. Circ.

Law360, Washington (January 6, 2014, 7:48 PM EST) -- Two oil and gas exploration companies asked a Federal Circuit panel Monday to revive their $684 million suit alleging the U.S. Department of the Interior breached an offshore drilling agreement by changing environmental and safety requirements after the fact, saying the “monumental” changes were not allowed.

Although Century Exploration New Orleans LLC and Champion Exploration LLC's lease was subject to post-lease regulation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the companies maintained the federal government's revisions fell under the Oil Pollution Act and shouldn't have applied...
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