Hastings plans to offer bill to get gulf 'back to work'

03/21/2011
Nick SnowWashington EditorUS House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) said he will introduce legislation "to put the Gulf of Mexico back to work" as he opened a hearing on community and economic impacts of the Obama administration's new offshore oil and gas policies and regulations."Since last April, only 37 shallow-water permits and only 2 deepwater permits have been issued," Hastings said. "For months and months, permits have lingered at the [US Department of the Interior] without action. Those who were actively drilling before the Deepwater Horizon disaster were shut down and [DOI] won't allow them to get back to work. This is unaccepta...
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