Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, and Natural Resources Defense Council have sued the Ocean Energy Management Bureau in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. These plaintiffs claim that BOEM’s approval of Lease Sales 218 and 216/222 for the sale of new oil and gas leases in the Western and Central Planning Areas of the Gulf of Mexico relied on a flawed Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act and failed to comply with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. On June 28, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a summary judgment motion in support of their claims.
The plaintiffs’ summary judgment motion
is available online at http://thecre.com/pdf/mmoceana.pdf