DOI Asked To Nix NEPA Exclusions For Offshore Oil

Law360, New York (June 16, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT) -- The Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the U.S. Department of the Interior to formally rescind a policy that allowed BP PLC to receive approval for its offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico without “meaningful” environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The petition, filed Tuesday before the DOI's Minerals Management Service and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, calls on federal agencies to issue new rules requiring compliance with NEPA rules at every stage of offshore oil and gas activities and...
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