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Federal Judge Temporarily Shuts Down Administration’s Work on Seismic Permits. Government shutdown has at least one positive result.

Even without a new budget for the department, the Trump Administration had called employees at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) back to work.  Officials said that it was critical for BOEM to continue to process the permits from five seismic testing companies that want to airgun blast the…

SC Governor McMaster & 9 other East Coast Governors send letter opposing offshore oil exploration

The bipartisan political opposition to the Trump Administration’s efforts to approve exploration for oil off the Atlantic Coast continued yesterday. Ten East Coast governors signed a letter to Wilbur Ross (Secretary of the Dept. of Commerce) and Ryan Zinke (soon-to-be former Secretary of the Dept. of Interior) detailing their opposition.…