Oil drilling would go on but new permitting would stop, if shutdown comes


In the event of a federal government shutdown, the energy industry would keep on drilling but approval of new plans would pause, WSJ’s Tom Fowler reports.

New oil and gas permitting on public lands as well as the review of new offshore drilling plans would come to a halt, but most safety inspections and the review of ongoing offshore drilling would continue, according to contingency plans prepared by the Interior Department.

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