DOI officials, shallow-water drillers differ on permit progress

11/29/2010
Nick SnowWashington EditorTop officials from the US Department of the Interior and shallow-water drilling contractors emerged from a Nov. 22 meeting in Houma, La., with differing assessments of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement's drilling permit process under new regulations outlined in a June 8 notice to lessees.Interior Sec. Ken Salazar and BOEMRE Director Michael R. Bromwich said the agency is moving expeditiously. Jim Noe, executive director of the Shallow Water Energy Coalition, said shallow-water drilling contractors were disappointed that the federal government gave them no commitments.Disappointed also was US Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), who l...
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