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 05/17/2019 Opposition Download Opposition to motion to admit extra-record evidence filed by respondents. 05/14/2019 Reply Download Reply filed by respondents in support of motion for extension of the briefing schedule. 05/09/2019 Opposition Download Petitioners filed opposition to respondents' motion for an extension of the briefing schedule. 05/08/2019 Motion Download Motion filed by respondents for extension of the briefing schedule. 04/25/2019 Response Download Response in opposition to petitioners' motion to admit extra-record evidence filed by respondent-intervenor Hilcorp Alaska LLC. 04/24/2019 Administrative Order Download Clerk's order issued referring motion to supplement the record to the merits panel. 04/15/2019 Brief Download Opening brief filed by petitioners. 04/15/2019 Motion Download Motion to admit extra-record evidence filed by petitioners. 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.