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Massachusetts v. Andrus

ELR Citation: 11 ELR 20203
Nos. Nos. 78-0814-MC, -086-MC, (D. Mass., 12/22/1980) Settlement agreement entered

The court enters a settlement agreement between the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Conservation Law Foundation of New England, and the Department of the Interior concerning oil and gas leasing in the Georges Bank. The agreement provides that (1) the federal government will provide all parties with a list and description of biological studies concerning Georges Bank, (2) the Department of the Interior shall promulgate and update best available and safest technology standards as required by §21(b) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, (3) the Department of the Interior shall consider funding all future studies recommended by the Biological Task Force for OCS Lease Sale 42, (4) the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shall consider parts of Georges Bank for marine sanctuaries designation, and (5) the Department of the Interior shall prepare a development and production phase environmental impact statement.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Stephen M. Leonard, Ass't Attorney General
One Ashburton Pl., 19th Floor, Boston MA 02108
(617) 272-2200

Douglas I. Foy
Conservation Law Foundation of New England
3 Joy St., Boston MA 02108
(617) 742-2540

Counsel for Intervenor-Plaintiff
Cabanne Howard, Ass't Attorney General
State House, Augusta ME 04330
(207) 289-3661

Counsel for Defendants
Kenneth P. Nasif, Ass't U.S. Attorney
1107 John W. McCormack P.O. & Cthse., Boston MA 02109
(617) 223-3258

William M. Cohen, Michael W. Reed
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2704