On June 2 2015, the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to reveal information about the use of the hydraulic fracturing technique in the Gulf of Mexico’s waters as part of a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBM).
The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) “challeng[ing] BSEE’s and BOEM’s failure to issue a timely response to its FOIA request for records related to the extent that BSEE and BOEM have allowed hydraulic fracturing and other unconventional well stimulation in offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico”.
The agreement stipulates that “BOEM and BSEE will begin providing [the CBM] with a rolling production of non-exempt documents subject to FOIA that are responsive to the FOIA request as narrowed beginning on July 1, 2015, and will complete the production by April 30, 2016”.
Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow
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