February 12, 2004 – The Center filed an appeal to block the planned sale of 120,00 acres of publicly owned oil and gas leases in two New Mexico counties.
January 25, 2007 – In response to a Center complaint, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation recommended an investigation into whether Mexico had violated its own environmental laws when it authorized Chevron’s proposed liquid natural gas facility off the coast of Baja. Soon thereafter, the corporation abandoned its plans to construct the energy terminal.
April 23, 2007 – In the aftermath of a major oil spill in the Los Padres National Forest, the Center and two other conversation groups sued federal authorities over plans to further expand oil and gas drilling on 52,075 acres of the forest.
March 5, 2008 – A coalition of conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging approval of the Bull Mountain pipeline, a 25-mile natural gas pipeline in Colorado’s Clear Fork Divide requiring the construction of more than eight miles of new roads in protected roadless areas.
June 6, 2008 – In response to our March 2008 suit, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary injunction halting all construction on the Bull Mountain natural gas pipeline.
July 8, 2008 – The Center filed a suit against the Department of the Interior for issuing regulations that would allow for the unlimited harassment of polar bears and Pacific walrus by oil companies operating in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea.
March 11, 2010 – The Center for Biological Diversity, Pacific Environment and the Turtle Island Restoration Network notified the U.S. Export Import Bank of our intent to sue the federal agency for financing a liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea without analyzing the project’s environmental impacts.
November 10, 2010 – The Center filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency for authorizing an inadequate oil-spill response plan for Alaska, including rubberstamping the use of toxic oil dispersants harmful to wildlife. Our notice demanded that the agencies immediately study the effects of dispersants and other cleanup operations on endangered wildlife and incorporate that information into oil-spill response plans.
February 10, 2011 – The Center for Biological Diversity, Gulf Restoration Network, Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club filed a formal notice of intent to sue Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Wednesday for ignoring marine-mammal protection laws when approving offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
December 2011 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reversed a prior decision and allowed ConocoPhillips to construct a road in the Colville River delta to access drilling sites in the Western Arctic Reserve.
February 21, 2012 – The Center and allies filed a lawsuit in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-pollution permit for Shell’s exploratory drilling operations in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
March 28, 2012 – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced approval of Shell Oil’s unproven oil-spill response plan for offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.
April 13, 2012 – A coalition of groups, including the Center, filed an appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the approval of Lease Sale 193, which opened for oil drilling the remote Chukchi Sea, home to iconic species such as polar bear, bowhead whale, and walrus and to a vibrant indigenous subsistence culture.
May 1, 2012 – The Center requested that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigate Royal Dutch Shell for potentially misleading statements about its readiness to drill in the Arctic Ocean for offshore oil.
July 10, 2012 – A coalition of conservation organizations, including the Center, filed a lawsuit in Alaska federal court challenging the federal government’s approval of Shell Oil Company’s oil-spill response plans for its planned drilling in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas that summer.
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