The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has refused to reconsider its decision to throw out a ban on oil and natural gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest. Judge Jane Richards Roth denied a petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc that was requested by the Sierra Club, the Allegheny Defense Project (ADF) and Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics, which are appellants in the case Minard Run Oil Company v. United States Forest Service et al. (Case No. 1-09-CV-125, Appeals Docket No. 10-2332). Last September the appeals court’s three-judge panel ruled that the U.S. Forest Service could not refuse to give operators permission to drill in the forest while an environmental impact study was being conducted (see NGI, Sept. 26, 2011).
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A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision to throw out a ban on oil and natural gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest.
As of Friday there was no word on when Boston Harbor would open again to LNG shipments. A spokesman for Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift, who has been involved along with the U.S. Coast Guard in investigating security measures since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said that talks were continuing.
Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift anticipates that Boston Harbor will resume liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker traffic in the near term, “possibly [in] only a matter of weeks,” said a spokeswoman for the governor.
Nicor Gas earlier this week submitted a proposal to the IllinoisCommerce Commission (ICC) that, if approved, would provide customerchoice for the first time to single-family residential natural gascustomers in the northern part of the state.