Louisiana, MMS reach settlement in lease sale lawsuit

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said attorneys for the state have negotiated a settlement in a lawsuit against the US Minerals Management Service, and the settlement would delay Lease Sale 201.The lawsuit claimed MMS did not consider the environmental impact of offshore drilling when granting leases (OGJ, Aug. 28, 2006, p. 23). Blanco announced details of the proposed settlement during an Oct. 24 news conference in Baton Rouge.A US District Court in New Orleans has yet to finalize terms of the settlement, under which Lease Sale 201-originally scheduled for Mar. 17, 2007-would be delayed for an indefinite period, said an attorney for Blanco.He said tracts that would have been incl...

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