BLM Violated Law In Quick Drilling Approvals: GAO

Law360, New York (September 16, 2009, 8:04 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office has said that the Bureau of Land Management frequently violated and misinterpreted an energy law between 2006 and 2008, potentially leading to the approval of more oil and gas drilling than should have been allowed.

In a report released Wednesday, the GAO said the BLM in some cases wrongly allowed drilling projects to go through an expedited review process that is allowed by the National Energy Policy Act of 2005 if the permit application meets certain qualifications.

The expedited approval allows...
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