Description: Threatened legal action in connection with leaking natural gas pipeline in the Cook Inlet off the Alaskan coast.
Center for Biological Diversity, Notice of Violations for Hilcorp’s Pipeline Leak in the Cook Inlet, Alaska
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/27/2017 Notice of Intent to Sue Download Notice of violations and intent to sue submitted. Center for Biological Diversity Sent Notice of Violations, Intent to Sue in Connection with Gas Pipeline Leak Off Alaska Coast. The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a notice of violations to EPA in connection with an ongoing natural gas leak from a pipeline in the Cook Inlet off the Alaska coast. The Center asserted that EPA was required to take action to enforce violations of the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. The Center also said that its letter served a notice of intent to sue the pipeline’s owner under the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endanged Species Act (due to the presence of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale), and Pipeline Safety Act. The Center asserted that natural gas was bubbling to the surface and polluting the atmosphere in violation of Section 112(r)(1) of the Clean Air Act and noted that the primary component of the natural gas, methane, was a potent greenhouse gas.