"Judge Orders Action on 6 Gulf Drilling Permits"

"NEW ORLEANS -- A federal judge has given the Obama administration 30 days to act on six permits for deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman on Tuesday ruled on a lawsuit filed by Ensco Offshore Co. and others. He rejected Interior Department arguments that the issue was moot because it already has resumed issuing permits following the moratorium that was imposed last year after the massive BP oil spill.

Three permit applications in the original lawsuit have been granted.

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The Associated Press had the story May 10, 2011.

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"Republicans Push Drilling Off California Coast; Democrats Say No" (McClatchy)

Source: AP, 05/11/2011