Facing a federal lawsuit from Continental Resources, the Bureau of Land Management approved 50 drilling permits in four separate tracts in three North Dakota counties—Dunn, McKenzie and Williams– this month.
That action prompted Continental to withdraw the complaint, and it formally asked the US District Court in Washington, DC to dismiss its lawsuit.
The drilling permit applications were approved for the, LCU Foster wells, Harms wells, Clear Creek wells, and Flint Chip wells.
In the lawsuit, Continental contends that delaying approval could jeopardize its ability to construct well pads before a June deadline needed to avoid disturbing endangered species.
In the original complaint, Continental said: “BLM’s illegal delay in processing these (applications) has injured and will continue to injure Continental. Further delay will postpone production.”
The BLM had cited computer software issues for failing to approve the permits late last year.