NASSAU, the Bahamas – Environmental groups opposing current drilling offshore the Bahamas have been refused leave to apply for a judicial review of the government’s decision to grant environmental authorization for the well.
Perseverance #1, spudded last week by the drillship Stena IceMAX, is operated by Bahamas Petroleum Co. (BPC).
According to the company, the court also refused the applicants' request to halt drilling activities.
The lawyer acting for the environmental groups indicated they would renew their application for leave.
The Hon. Justice Petra Hanna-Weekes advised the parties and BPC that a session of the court will be convened today to hear arguments from both sides, limited to matters already set out in papers previously submitted to court.
Following the ruling, drilling of Perseverance #1 has continued.