Delay continues for 36 leases off California

US Sec. of the Interior Bruce Babbitt has ordered that 36 leases off California continue under suspension.The move came just 3 days before a Nov. 15 deadline on the future of the leases and in deference to requests by California Gov. Gray Davis and the California Coastal Commission (CCC).But the action fell short of what the state wanted, and it promptly filed suit on Nov. 16 on grounds that Interior did not allow the state to review lease renewals and "suspensions" (extensions). "We believe the federal government violated federal laws when they did not allow the states to participate," said California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who filed the suit in US District Court in Oakland."The ...

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