Green groups sue over study of Deepwater Horizon impacts on endangered species

The Hill

Conservation groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, arguing it failed to fully consider the effects on endangered species when reviewing the environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

The 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico spurred a new evaluation of how species were faring after the spill.

That new biological opinion took a decade to complete, with many of the same environmental groups in 2018 suing the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for failure to do so.

But Earthjustice and others say the new opinion didn’t do enough to assess how oil and gas operations or another spill could impact threatened and endangered species.

“This administration is convinced that if they ignore something, it will go away,” Chris Eaton, an attorney with Earthjustice, said in a release. 

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