Offshore Drilling Ban May End Ahead Of Schedule

Law360, New York (August 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT) -- The director of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has hinted that the federal government's ban on deepwater offshore drilling operations could be totally or partially lifted before the original Nov. 30 expiration date.

Michael Bromwich — who recently took over the top spot at the offshore drilling agency, formerly known as the Minerals Management Service — reaffirmed the government's intent to either ease or drop the deepwater offshore drilling moratorium earlier than planned if “the safety, containment...
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