Description: Challenge to federal actions authorizing oil and gas development project in the Beaufort Sea offshore of Alaska.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/17/2018 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Environmental Groups Filed Challenge to Plan for Offshore Oil and Gas Development in Beaufort Sea. Five environmental groups led by Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seeking review of Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) decision to approve an offshore oil and gas development and production plan submitted by Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, for the Liberty Project located in the Beaufort Sea offshore of Alaska and also of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS’s) biological opinion for the construction and operation of the project. The groups said that BOEM’s approval of the plan violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act, and that FWS violated the Endangered Species Act.