Iñupiat Village's Arctic Drilling Suit Is Moot, 9th Circ. Says

By Victoria McKenzie (August 24, 2021, 9:29 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit told an Iñupiat village in Alaska's North Slope on Tuesday that its claims against the federal government for greenlighting a ConocoPhillips exploratory drilling operation are now moot in light of new federal environmental regulations.

In an opinion, a three-judge panel said Conoco cannot provide any type of relief to the Native Village of Nuiqsut, or undo the winter 2018-19 drilling of the wells located within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, and that exceptions to the mootness doctrine did not apply in this case. The drilling has been completed and the only lasting physical features of the drilling are...

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