American Petroleum Institute v. Environmental Defense Center

U.S. Supreme Court

Question(s) Presented

1. Whether a programmatic environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact regarding the hypothetical future approval of permits for oil and gas well-stimulation treatments constitute “final agency action” for purposes of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 704.

2. Whether the Coastal Zone Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1456, requires the Department of Interior separately to review oil and gas well-stimulation treatments for consistency with California’s coastal zone management program, where private parties applying to conduct those treatments must already certify that consistency. 

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