Army Corps Faces Suit Over Conoco's Alaska Drilling Plans

Law360, Washington (June 5, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT) -- The Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, alleging it inappropriately approved ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.'s plans to build a drill site pad, pipeline and access roads that could severely damage endangered habitats on the North Shore of Alaska.

According to the center, the Corps never did a site-specific environmental impact statement for ConocoPhillips' proposed project, violating the National Environmental Policy Act, and instead relied on a nine-year-old analysis that had been made prior to ConocoPhillips' approved application.

The company has...
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