Judge Feldman Strikes Down NTL-05, Regulatory Hurdles Still Hobble Shallow Water Drilling

Oct 20, 2010, 15:23 ET from Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition

HOUSTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Noe, Executive Director of the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition , issued the following statement today regarding the ruling by Judge Martin Feldman in Ensco Offshore Co. v. Salazar to strike down regulation NTL-05.

This ruling highlights the Obama administration's haphazard approach to offshore drilling. As Judge Feldman himself said, "Notice and comment were required by law. The government did not comply."  The rules thrown out by Judge Feldman have been in place since June, and have crippled the shallow water industry, putting jobs and America's energy security at risk. We support reasonable and measures regulations that will enhance the safety of offshore drilling, but the rules should be made only after deliberation and a full consideration of the facts.  This ruling reaffirms that the federal government cannot rule by reactionary fiat and edict. Instead, the Obama administration should adopt a measured response that is informed by sound science and industry best practices.

About the Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition

The Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition comprises a group of companies—Apache Corporation, Arena Offshore, Chevron, Delta Towing, Dynamic Offshore Resources, Energy XXI, Ensco, Hall-Houston Exploration, Hercules Offshore, Helis Oil & Gas, Phoenix Exploration, Rowan Companies, Seahawk Drilling, W&T Offshore, and Walter Oil & Gas— that explore, develop and drill for natural gas and oil in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  The coalition was established to enhance the understanding of shallow-water operations as policymakers develop legislative and regulatory responses to recent events. Follow us on Twitter at @ShallowWaterNRG

SOURCE Shallow Water Energy Security Coalition