NEPA, ESA Form Backbone Of Alaskan Court Battles

Law360, New York (September 21, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- As the Bush Administration continues to open up large swaths of Alaska to the oil and natural gas industry, environmental organizations are fighting back with a series of lawsuits alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

In its push to ramp up energy production on federal lands, the Bush Administration has said it will create jobs, provide greater economic and energy security, and not significantly damage habitat for the area's diverse wildlife.

Environmental groups strongly disagree, however, saying the drilling...
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