Description: Protest of oil and gas lease sales in Montana seeking programmatic review of climate impacts of Bureau of Land Management fossil fuel extraction programs
Center for Biological Diversity, Protest of Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Sale (Montana State Office)
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/07/2016 Letter Download Protest letter submitted. Environmental Group Protested Oil and Gas Lease Sales, Sought Programmatic Review of Climate Impacts. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed two protests of oil and gas lease sales in Montana and Wyoming with BLM. CBD contended that BLM should halt all leasing until it had conducted a programmatic review of the climate impacts of its fossil fuel extraction programs. The protest letters said that “[p]roceeding with new leasing proposals ad hoc in the absence of a comprehensive plan that addresses climate change and fracking is premature and risks irreversible damage.” CBD urged BLM to consider limiting greenhouse gas emissions by keeping fossil fuels in the ground and to consider banning new oil and gas leasing and fracking. In its protest letter filed with the Montana state office, CBD also said that BLM had failed to comply with the Endangered Species Act’s consultation requirements and had failed to consider impacts to a sensitive bird species in violation of BLM regulations. CBD said that climate change would continue to exacerbate threats to the bird’s habitat and would change natural fire cycles in a way that would harm the species.