DOI Rethinks Expedited Review For Offshore Drillers

Law360, New York (August 17, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is moving to restrict companies' ability to invoke the categorical exclusions that expedite approval for oil and gas drilling, a move that the petroleum industry fears will bog down the regulatory process for exploration in offshore waters.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael R. Bromwich announced Monday that the department would only allow categorical exclusions to be invoked for activities involving “limited environmental risk.” The DOI is launching a...
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