Surprise ! l’industrie pétrolière bénéficie d’une dérogation au shutdown : les employés du service fédéral spécialisé viennent d’être autorisés à reprendre leur travail d’instruction et de délivrance de concessions offshore.
Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid #shutdown | Reuters
U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration’s move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government shutdown.
In a letter sent on Tuesday to David Bernhardt, the Department of Interior’s acting secretary, and Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the senators asked them to address why the BOEM’s contingency plan was updated in January to allow 40 employees to work on the offshore leasing program.
It specifically asked on what legal basis the department changed its treatment of offshore oil and gas activities between Dec. 22, when the shutdown began, and January, when it recalled the employees. The letter requested a response by Feb. 1.