Activist Watchdogs Sue Over Non-response on FOIA Seeking Arctic Drilling Testing Safety Records

By: Friday December 21, 2012 6:45 pm

The activist watchdog organization, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), filed suit today in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, against the Federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The suit, brought under the Freedom of Information Act, seeks to force BSEE to “disclose records wrongfully withheld in failing to respond within the statutory deadline to Plaintiff’s five FOIA requests.”

PEER, along with other parties, has been trying to unravel what happened in September, in Puget Sound, when testing of the containment dome apparatus Shell hoped to deploy in the Arctic later that month failed catastrophically. Although BSEE responded in November to an FOIA request from Seattle’s KUOW Radio, they have not responded to any of the similar requests from PEER. Here’s an extract the environmental NGO’s press release on the suit:

Amidst Arctic Drilling Lies, Shell VP Tells Truth – “There’s no sugar-coating this, I imagine there would be spills”

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 8:45 am

I guess Shell Oil can’t be expected to be more honest than any other oil company. Although one hopes they might be more honest in Alaska than in Nigeria, for instance, that is probably hoping for way too much.

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