Maryland, 8 more AGs join lawsuit against Mid-Atlantic seismic tests

Attorneys general from nine Mid-Atlantic coastal US states are joining environmental and other organizations’ lawsuit against the federal government for issuing incidental harassment authorizations to five geophysical contractors seeking to conduct the first offshore oil and gas seismic tests in the region since the 1980s, Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh (D) announced on Dec. 20.

“Our office is leading a coalition of nine attorneys general in intervening in a lawsuit that was filed last week in South Carolina,” Frosh said during a news conference at Baltimore’s National Aquarium. The groups sued US Commerce Sec. Wilbur L. Ross and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) after NMFS issued the IHAs on Nov. 30 to the offshore geophysical contractors after several years of delays (OGJ Online, Dec. 11, 2018).

AGs from North Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York also are participating, Frosh said.

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