Judge Hits Pause Button On Atlantic Seismic Testing Permits

Law360 (January 18, 2019, 7:31 PM EST) -- A South Carolina federal judge on Friday barred the federal government from issuing permits that allow oil and gas companies to injure or otherwise disrupt whales and other marine mammals during seismic testing off the Atlantic coast until Congress restores funding to federal agencies.

In an order granting the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s request to postpone the litigation until funding is restored, U.S. District Judge Richard Mark Gergel said he could not do so without also granting some relief to environmental groups and state and local governments that have sued to stop the permits...

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