Wyo. Judge Orders DOI To Stop Drilling Lease Delays

Law360, New York (June 29, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in Wyoming on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to accept or reject oil and gas drilling leases within 60 days, in a partial win for industry groups and energy companies that launched a suit over delayed leases.

U.S. District Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal ruled from the bench that the department must accept or reject the leases within the 60-day period to comply with the Mineral Leasing Act, said Kathleen Sgamma, who directs government and policy affairs for the Western Energy...
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