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Senate Aims To Extend Wait For Drilling Permits

Law360 (December 15, 2010, 4:49 PM EST) -- The Senate Appropriations Committee has released a 2011 budget bill that contains $32.2 billion for federal environmental agencies, along with a provision that would triple the length of the permitting process for offshore drilling projects.

One small part of the nearly 2,000-page budget bill, which was released Tuesday, would amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to give the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement 90 days rather than 30 to review and approve offshore exploration permits.

A similar provision has already passed through...
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