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Wilderness Soc'y v. Morton

Citation: 2 ELR 20583
No. No. 928-70, 4 ERC 1467/(D.D.C., 08/15/1972) Injunction dissolved

The environmental impact statement for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, submitted by the Department of the Interior March 20, 1972, and the method of arriving at it, meet all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and comply with the Council on Environmental Quality guidelines under NEPA. All rights of way and permits necessary for the building, maintenance and operation of the pipeline are authorized by law. Plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment is denied; the injunction against defendants is dissolved; and the complaints are dismissed. (Counsel for defendant Alyeska, however, promised in open court that no construction activities of any kind would be undertaken by his client pending a decision by the Court of Appeals, and that, except for the issuance of a permit, defendants would give plaintiffs 30 days notice before beginning any activities not taking place at the time the order was issued.)

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Dennis M. Flannery
Saunders C. Hillyer
James N. Barnes
1600 20th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009

John F. Dienelt
1712 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Thomas B. Stoel, Jr.
1710 N Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Co-Counsel for Plaintiff Cordova
Warren Matthews
Theodore Dunn
Thomas F. Hogan
100 So. Washington Street
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Counsel for Defendants
Herbert Pittle
Thomas L. Mckevitt Attorneys, Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

John E. Nolan
Robert E. Jordan, III
Paul F. Mickey
1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

William H. Allen
John Havelock
Richard Copaken
888 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006