Watching Government - Permit progressions

US President George W. Bush's administration is generally succeeding with its effort to streamline the public land drilling permit process, producers say. Delays still happen, but more often it's because of a judge or a state official rather than someone from the Department of the Interior.Yet, as has been shown lately with some high-profile cases in New Mexico, the federal bureaucracy can still be a tough beast for a wildcatter to try and tame; it's a red-taped jungle out there.Jicarilla DistrictGov. Bill Richardson (D), a former secretary of energy in the administration of President Bill Clinton, last month called on the US Department of Agriculture's US Forest Service t...

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