5th Circuit Dismisses CWA Drilling Permit Suit Over Lack Of Standing

August 30, 2019
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit has dismissed environmentalists’ challenge to a Clean Water Act (CWA) general permit for offshore oil and gas activities in the western Gulf of Mexico for lack of standing, an outcome that seemed all but certain given the questions judges raised at oral argument in April. The ruling appears likely to raise the bar for environmentalists’ efforts to challenge decisions in larger water bodies where they are unable to comply with court...

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