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Natural Resources Defense Council v. Morton

Citation: 2 ELR 20028
No. No. 2397-71, 337 F. Supp. 165/3 ERC 1473/(D.D.C., 12/16/1971) Preliminary injunction granted

Plaintiffs motion granted for preliminary injunction preventing defendants from proceeding withthe lease of approximately 80 tracts on the Outer Continental Shelf off eastern Louisiana for purposes of oil exploration. The Interior Department's final impact statement failed to mention certain alternative means of satisfying the national energy crisis and dealt only superficially with others, while conceding the grave environmental risks posed by off-shore drilling. NEPA's section 102 duties strictly construed, relying on Calvert Cliffs Coordinating Committee, Inc. v. Atomic Energy Commission, 1 ELR 20346 (D.C. Cir. July 23, 1971).

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Thomas B. Stoel, Jr.
Edward L. Strobehn, Jr.
1600 Twentieth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 920-7110

Counsel for Defendants
Thomas L. McKevitt Attorney
Room 2127
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530
(202) 739 2710