By The Hill Staff - 10/15/13 09:04 PM EDT
The environmental group alleges that as the Interior continues to process permits for oil-and-gas operations in coastal offshore areas it will not conduct environmental reviews.
"We recognize that federal agencies have been put in a difficult position with the shutdown, and we are looking forward to the government reopening," Snape wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
After the shutdown took effect, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said it would not be able to ensure companies comply with environmental law, as studies would cease.
The government shutdown has put a freeze on nearly all Interior operations. Roughly 59,000 Interior employees have been furloughed — about 80 percent of the agencies workforce.