Government Reaches End of Rope in ENSCO Lawsuit and Settles

On May 10, 2011, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana (following up on a preliminary injunction from February) issued a summary judgment regarding six permit applications that required the BOEMRE to act within 30 days. With the time running out yesterday, the Justice Department settled with Ensco Offshore.

Now under the terms of the settlement agreement filed with the court's yesterday, the "defendants are to act on those of the six permit applications that are presently before the defendants no later than July 8, 2011."

The six permits referred to in the settlement are:

  • Cobalt International Energy GC 814 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8503), originally submitted April 30, 2010.
  • Cobalt International Energy GB 959 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8503), originally submitted November 3, 2010.
  • Nexen GC 504 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8502), originally submitted July 26, 2010.
  • Nexen GC 327 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8501), originally submitted October 12, 2010.
  • Nexen GC 872 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8501), originally submitted October 12, 2010.
  • Noble Energy GC 723 Well No. 1 (using ENSCO 8501), originally submitted October 26, 2010.

For more details please see our previous article "Ensco Wins Round in Federal Court" on the court battle.


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