Description: Challenge to incidental take regulations authorizing take of 11 species of marine mammals in connection with oil and gas exploration and development activities.
Cook Inletkeeper v. Ross
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/19/2019 Answer Download Answer filed by defendants. 10/10/2019 Complaint Download First amended complaint filed. 09/04/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Two organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alaska challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service issuance of incidental take regulations authorizing the take of 11 species of marine mammals in Cook Inlet, Alaska, in connection with a company's oil and gas exploration and development activities. The plaintiffs asserted that the regulations violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, including by failing to consider cumulative impacts associated with climate change.