DOI Unveils Plan To Ease Offshore Drilling Permitting

Law360, New York (June 3, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior rolled out new measures Friday designed to streamline the permitting of offshore oil and gas drilling operations as the agency realigns drilling regulations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The move comes amid national debate over how to handle new drilling projects in U.S. coastal waters following the Deepwater disaster and the subsequent six-month moratorium on offshore operations.

The DOI’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said several new procedures for examining permit applications would...
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