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DOI Shifts Gears On Onshore Drilling Permits

Law360 (April 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT) -- While the federal government's decision to open up new offshore areas to oil and gas exploration has drawn headlines, the U.S. Department of the Interior has more quietly reached a separate settlement with environmental groups to end fast-track approval for drilling onshore.

On Wednesday, the same day the White House announced it would expand the areas where drilling is permitted offshore, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah dismissed an action brought against the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management by the Nine Mile...
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