DOI's Atlantic Drilling Plan Gives Enviros A Clear Target

Law360, New York (March 11, 2014, 7:41 PM EDT) -- As the federal government lays the groundwork for potential oil and gas extraction off the Atlantic coast, outraged environmental groups are hoping to use the U.S. Department of the Interior's recent endorsement of seismic blasts used to determine resource-rich areas as the basis for vigorous court challenges against a new expansion of offshore drilling.

The DOI released a programmatic environmental impact statement late last month giving the green light to geological and geophysical surveys off the mid- and south-Atlantic coast. The seismic activity would allow oil and...
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