9th Circ. Told Seismic Survey Ruling Shows Drilling Suit Moot

Law360 (October 20, 2020, 4:50 PM EDT) -- The federal government told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that a recent dismissal of a challenge to pre-drilling oil and gas seismic testing proves environmentalists are suing over merely hypothetical harms caused by President Donald Trump's plan to open areas of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans to drilling. 

In a letter, the federal government told the circuit court a recent South Carolina federal court ruling tossing litigation that challenged oil- and gas-related seismic testing off the Atlantic Coast, bolsters its bid for the circuit court to resurrect a 2017 White House order that lifted the Obama administration's indefinite block of drilling in 128...

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