High-Stakes ESA Fight Threatens Overseas Development

Law360, New York (October 18, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT) -- Environmental groups are charging ahead with a beefed-up lawsuit challenging U.S. funding of a massive Australian liquid natural gas terminal by arguing Endangered Species Act protections apply, picking a fight that experts say could jeopardize the prospects of many future U.S.-linked projects abroad.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Environment and the Turtle Restoration Network are taking up the unsettled legal issue of whether detailed environmental assessments required under the ESA are also necessary for agency actions overseas, targeting $4.8 billion in U.S. Export-Import Bank loans...
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