Description: Action to compel the Biden administration to carry out oil and gas leasing on the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) on Alaska’s North Slope.
Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority v. Biden
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/17/2022 Complaint Download Complaint in intervention filed by State of Alaska. 02/11/2022 Order Download State of Alaska's motion to intervene granted. 01/19/2022 Motion to Intervene Download Motion to intervene filed by State of Alaska. 12/08/2021 Complaint Download First amended complaint filed. 11/04/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed to Compel Federal Government to Proceed with Oil and Gas Development on Alaska Coastal Plain. Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)—which was the successful bidder for the majority of leases sold in the January 2021 oil and gas lease sale on the Coastal Plain of Alaska—filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alaska seeking to compel the Biden administration to “carry out its congressionally prescribed duties to facilitate development of the Coastal Plain’s oil and gas resources.” AIDEA asserted that President Biden’s Executive Order 13990, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis,” which ordered a moratorium on implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program, was ultra vires and that the U.S. Department of the Interior’s issuance and implementation of the moratorium violated the Administrative Procedure Act, Alaska National Interests Land Conservation Act, and Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which directed the Secretary of the Interior to conduct lease sales.