Alaska Sues Interior Over Snub Of Oil Exploration Plan

Law360, Los Angeles (March 14, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT) -- Alaska sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday, alleging the agencies refused to approve a plan to explore a state wildlife refuge for oil and natural gas without reviewing the proposal.

Alaska claims its proposal to conduct a three-dimensional seismic survey in parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was improperly rejected, despite federal legislation that permits such exploration. The state seeks a court order requiring the FWS to review its plan.

“Defendants’ refusal to consider the state’s...
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