Groups Seek To Block Seismic Surveys In Alaska

Law360, New York (May 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Alaskan native and environmental organizations sued two U.S. government agencies on Monday, alleging that they prematurely gave permits to Shell Oil Co. and British Petroleum Plc to look for oil in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas, threatening marine life there.

The suit, filed by the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaskan Wilderness League and others in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, says that the U.S. Minerals Management Service and National Fisheries Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by allowing Shell and...
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