Description: Challenge to authorization of oil and gas leasing in the Wayne National Forest.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/02/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Charged That Oil and Gas Leasing Authorizations in Ohio Did Not Comply with NEPA. Four environmental organizations filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when they authorized oil and gas leasing in the Wayne National Forest. The plaintiffs contended that the agencies relied on outdated analyses that did not take into account significant new information about climate change and other issues. In particular, they alleged that the documents upon which the agencies relied did not consider climate change effects on the forest or on species protected under the Endangered Species Act.