State Seeks Intervention in Drilling Case

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Governor Sean Parnell has directed the Department of Law to ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to intervene in the lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the U.S. Interior Department’s decision to approve an oil exploration plan for the Chukchi Sea.
 
“OCS exploration and development will increase jobs and revenue for Alaskans and for all Americans,” Governor Parnell said. “We will continue to fight for the right to responsibly develop the Beaufort and Chukchi.”

The state previously was granted intervention in a separate case brought by many of the same plaintiffs against an exploration plan for the Beaufort Sea. In both cases, the state has sought intervention due to the economic importance of offshore oil and gas production. Although the exploration plans by Shell concern federal lands, the state’s new motion for intervention stresses the impact that approval or denial of exploration can have on the state treasury and economy.

“The investments that a company makes in infrastructure for exploration on federal land can lower the costs for exploration on adjacent state land,” said Attorney General Dan Sullivan. “Any oil discovered likely will increase the flow through the trans-Alaska pipeline, which in turn will increase state revenue. Also, especially given the currently adverse economic conditions, the state has an interest in job opportunities for its citizens.”

Sullivan said that intervention by the state is particularly important when, as in these cases, no other party to the lawsuits can represent all of the state’s interests.
 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Mitsui O.S.K. Ship Ready To Leave Chinese Port

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd said on Thursday that its ship, the "Baosteel Emotion" 226,434 deadweight-tonne ore carrier, is ready to leave

China Court Releases Japanese Ship After Payment

A Chinese court said on Thursday that it has released a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd, which had been seized in a contract dispute, after the Japanese firm paid up.

Mitsui Pays $40 Mln Compensation After Seizure

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd has paid about 4 billion yen ($39 million) in settlement to China as compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation,

Offshore

GulfMark Offshore Records Highest Ever Q1 Revenue

Houston-based GulfMark Offshore President & CEO Quintin Kneen commented on his company's first quarter 2014 financial report: "We recorded our highest first quarter revenue ever,

Offshore Oil & Gas: Brazil’s Northern Frontier

In an effort to spread out oil and gas production to other parts of the country and increase overall oil production, Brazil has finally intensified hydrocarbon

Safety the Focus as Heavy Lifting Picks Up

Modern heavy lift capabilities are crucial for safe, efficient operations offshore Heavy lift operations offshore are an awe-inspiring feat, but an operation that

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1372 sec (7 req/sec)