The Cook Inletkeeper and Center for Biological Diversity have sued th U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service and its parent agency Department of Commerce. Their suit is filed in the United District Court for the District of Alaska. They are challenging a regulation that permits the oil and gas company Hilcorp Alaska LLC to “take” marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration and development activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, including 2-dimensional (2D) and 3-dimensional (3D) seismic airgun blasting. The term “take” has the definition in, and the regulation is issued under, the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Government defendants have filed with the court their administrative records for the regulation being challenged by the defendants. The court’s review is supposed to be limited to these administrative records, which are very large. The Government’s filing two USB flash drives, a 32-page certified list of the contents of the agency records, which is densely packed with small-type USB document links.
Click here for the Government’s certified index to the record.