Petition Over BP Alaskan Oil Unit Denied

Law360, New York (March 5, 2010, 5:07 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court has declined to review the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision not to object to Alaskan state regulators issuing a permit to BP PLC, rejecting the plaintiff's assertion that the company divides its Prudhoe Bay oil and gas facilities into smaller units in order to avoid stringent pollution regulations.

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found the EPA's denial of a petition from citizen Bill MacClarence was not arbitrary or capricious and that MacClarence failed to show why...
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