Description: Challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Juan Bay Dredging Project, which would allow larger tankers of liquefied natural gas and petroleum to transit the Bay.
El Puente v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/16/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Plaintiffs Challenged Dredging Project in San Juan Bay, Alleging It Would Impair Transition from Fossil Fuels. Three organizations filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Juan Bay Dredging Project. The plaintiffs alleged that “[t]he primary purpose of dredging is for larger tankers of liqu[e]fied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum to transit the bay” and that the Corps’ environmental review had “ignored how its decision locked in a fossil fuel pathway for Puerto Rico” and impaired a transition away from fossil fuels. They contended that the project would increase LNG imports to power plants whose emissions would worse climate change and air pollution. They also said the project risked an increase of wave action and changes to sea level near residential areas. They asserted claims under NEPA, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.