Company brings offshore drilling ban lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS — An offshore drilling services company is asking a federal judge to rule that government regulators have unreasonably delayed action on deepwater drilling permit applications in the aftermath of the massive Gulf oil spill.

Ensco Offshore Company is seeking a preliminary injunction that would require the Interior Department to “expeditiously” process pending permit applications now that it has lifted its moratorium on deepwater drilling.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman is scheduled to hear arguments today on the company’s request.

The Justice Department is asking Feldman to dismiss Ensco’s claims that the Obama administration has engaged in a “pattern and practice” of delaying the issuance of drilling permits.

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2 Responses to “Company brings offshore drilling ban lawsuit”

  1. Pete Says:

    The White House and Justice Department ( run by Obama’s pal, Eric Holder ) is more interested in what is more politically adventageous to the liberal cause, including their environmentalists than the importance of drilling for oil in the U.S. with U.S. workers benefiting American families and keeping the “Dollar” at home and away from terrorist friendly countries.

    Those in the tourism and business were crying about a spill hurting their business well now they can do likewise about moving on to $4.00 and $5.00 gas.

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