Enviros Up Ante In Fight Over Arctic Drilling Leases

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 8:14 PM EST) -- Alaskan environmental groups and communities on Wednesday asked a federal court to remand the U.S. Department of Interior's approval of 487 oil drilling leases back to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, claiming it failed to properly evaluate potential environmental impacts.

The groups allege that the BOEM relied on analyses for the Chukchi Sea drilling that did not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and did not take into consideration the indirect effect of greenhouse gas emissions from the combustion of oil and gas the...
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