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

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'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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