Thursday, June 30, 2011

A federal judge in Cheyenne...

...has sided with oil and natural gas producers in ruling that while the Department of Interior secretary has discretion over issuing oil and gas leases, he still must comply with a 60-day time deadline established by Congress. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal told attorneys for the oil and gas industry, conservation groups and the federal government after oral arguments this morning that she would file a written order today or tomorrow outlining her decision in a long-standing dispute between oil and gas producers and the Interior Department about delays in issuing leases.


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