Federal Court Orders Obama Administration to Act on Stalled Deepwater Drilling Permits

Carol Greenberg
Conservative Outlooks

From Doc Hastings, Chair, House Natural Resources Committee:
Calls permitting delays “unreasonable, unacceptable and unjustified”
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2011 – Today, the Obama Administration’s de facto drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was once again struck down in Federal Court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman granted a preliminary injunction requiring that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) act within 30 days on five pending permit applications from Ensco.

“The court has now clearly found that the Obama Administration’s refusal to act on permits is causing irreparable harm to companies, families and people of the Gulf,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings. “The President’s de facto moratorium is destroying American jobs, hurting our economy and forcing businesses to move overseas. With gasoline prices rising, the Administration needs to resume American offshore energy production now. I hope the Administration heeds this ruling and acts swiftly to put people back to work.”

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