Description: Notice of intent to bring lawsuit against BLM and FWS for failing to consider impacts of oil and gas development in western Colorado on endangered fish species.
Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers, and Rocky Mountain Wild, 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue the BLM and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act Regarding Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/12/2016 Notice of Intent to Sue Download Notice of intent to sue submitted to U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Environmental Groups Threatened Lawsuit Over Failure to Consider Colorado Oil and Gas Development Impacts—Including Climate-Related Impacts—on Endangered Fish Species. Three environmental groups sent a notice of intent to sue to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asserting that the agencies had not complied with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when BLM authorized oil and gas exploration and development in the Upper Colorado River Basin of western Colorado. The notice said that BLM’s approval of resource management plans in August 2015 would allow development of almost 19,000 oil and gas wells in the region that would affect four endangered fish species and their critical habitat. The notice asserted that the agencies’ failure to consider the water depletion and spill impacts on the four species violated the ESA. The groups contended, among other arguments, that the agencies relied on a 2008 programmatic biological opinion that did not take into account threats posed by climate change.