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Drilling Company Says U.S. Stonewalling on Permits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

New Orleans, LA (AP) - Lawyers for a company that sued to stop the
government's offshore drilling ban claim the U.S. has not yet
issued a new permit even though the ban was lifted nearly a month
ago.

The attorneys for Ensco Offshore, a company that owns and
operates drilling rigs, also claim the U.S. has been stonewalling
on the status of inspections.

A hearing in federal court in New Orleans has been scheduled for
Tuesday in part to discuss the concerns raised by lawyers for
Ensco.

Ensco's lawyers said in court papers filed Nov. 4 that while the
government on Oct. 12 lifted its ban on deepwater drilling issued
in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, it has not yet issued
a single permit that would allow the resumption of any previously
suspended drilling activities.

The Interior Department declined to comment.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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