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Southern Cal. Ass'n of Gov'ts v. Kleppe

Citation: 6 ELR 20115
No. No. 75-1962, (D.D.C., 12/05/1975) Preliminary injunction denied

The court refuses a preliminary injunction against bidding for oil exploration leases, offered for sale by the Department of Interior, on Outer Continental Shelf lands off the coast of Southern California. Plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate any likelihood of success on the merits of their NEPA challenge to the Department's decision to adopt an accelerated OCS oil and gas leasing program. The court also notes that plaintiffs' suit raises issues of res judicata, collateral estoppel and comity in view of a recent ruling by a federal district court in California, 6 ELR 20088, upholding the sufficiency of the same NEPA impact statements at issue in this litigation.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Bruce J. Terris
Helen Cohn Needham
Eleanor Morgan Granger
1908 Sunderland Place, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 785-1992

Brent N. Rushforth
John R. Phillips
Carlyle W. Hall
Fredric P. Sutherland
Center for Law in the Public Interest
10203 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(213) 879-5588

Counsel for Defendants
Peter R. Taft, Asst. Attorney General
William M. Cohen
Nicholas S. Nadzo
Neil Proto
Land & Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 739-2701, 739-2775, 739-3797

Gary Bohlke
Department of Interior
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 343-6864