Description: Challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizations for a federal channel deepening and expansion project in the Matagorda Ship Channel near Port Lavaca, Texas.
San Antonio Bay Estuarine Waterkeeper v. Connor
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/25/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Challenged Channel Expansion Project on Texas Coast. Five environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia alleging that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizations for a federal channel deepening and expansion project in the Matagorda Ship Channel near Port Lavaca, Texas, violated NEPA and the Clean Water Act. The allegations included that the Corps was required to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) to consider, among other things, the potential greenhouse gas emissions and national climate policy implications of a major new crude export site that was announced after issuance of the final EIS and which would be facilitated by the channel expansion project. The plaintiffs also alleged that the final EIS’s cost-benefit analysis did not consider certain categories of costs, including climate impacts.