California asks court to reinstate oil valuation lawsuit

California state officials asked a federal court Dec. 4 to reinstate a case connected with controversial oil valuation rules issued by the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service in 2000.California State Controller Steve Westly asked Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the US District Court for Washington, DC, to reactivate the lawsuit, arguing that California needs to intervene before DOI takes legal and regulatory action that benefits industry alone."Given MMS's failure to disclose to the public the connection between its rulemaking and this case, the state controller cannot responsibly assume that this is not an effort to sandbag the public and that he will not be force...

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