27 Apr '11, 4pm

News: Offshore Drilling Permits Issued Without Environmental Review

A three-judge appellate panel heard arguments today asking the court to rescind the approval of five deepwater drilling plans in the Gulf of Mexico that were filed just days before and after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history when the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Earthjustice is representing the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups in asking for the Court to force the Interior Department to rescind several deepwater drilling permits regulators approved last April. The five drilling permits were awarded without completion of the full environmental-impact assessments required by law, including one to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which regulates offshore drilling. "What the agency did was rubber-stamp the plans," Monica Reimer, an attorney for Earthjustice, said during today's hearing at the 5th U.S...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2011/offshore-drilling...

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