Environmental -- 2016

Alaska Wilderness League v. Jewell   (9th Circuit)

Validity of BOEM permit for exploratory drilling in Chukchi Sea

The NAM filed an amicus brief 9/25/2015 in this case involving exploratory drilling by Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. in the Chukchi Sea in Alaska. Environmental groups challenged the issuance of a permit by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Our brief argued that the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act was specifically designed to expedite OCS exploration and development, and that BOEM properly approved Shell's revised exploration plan pursuant to an environmental assessment.

While this case was pending, Shell announced that it was terminating its exploratory efforts in this area. It withdrew its exploration plan and the court granted the parties' request to dismiss the case as moot.

Related Documents:
NAM amicus brief  (September 25, 2015)


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