Enviro Groups Take Arctic Drilling Fight To 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 6:17 PM EDT) -- Alaskan environmental groups and communities on Thursday appealed to the Ninth Circuit a federal judge's ruling that upheld the U.S. Department of Interior's approval of 487 Arctic Ocean oil drilling leases, maintaining the agency failed to properly evaluate potential environmental impacts.

U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline upheld DOI's approval of the Chukchi Sea drilling leases in February, rejecting the environmental groups' argument that it should be remanded to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management because the agency didn't comply with the National Environmental Policy Act...
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