Description: Challenge to BLM’s approval of a resource management plan in western Colorado that applied to 1,061,400 acres of BLM-administered surface land and 1,231,200 acres of BLM-managed federal mineral estate and made 935,600 acres available for oil and gas.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 10/08/2019 Petition for Review Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Challenged BLM’s Failure to Consider Colorado Resource Management Plan’s Climate Impacts. Center for Biological Diversity and two other groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Colorado challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM’s) approval of a resource management plan in western Colorado that applied to 1,061,400 acres of BLM-administered surface land and 1,231,200 acres of BLM-managed federal mineral estate. The plaintiffs alleged that the plan made 935,600 acres available for oil and gas leasing and that BLM projected that 3,940 wells would be drilled. They asserted that BLM violated NEPA by failing to address foreseeable indirect impacts from downstream combustion of oil and gas resources and by failing to consider cumulative effects to the climate caused by foreseeable oil and gas production under the plan in combination with BLM’s nationwide public lands oil and gas program. The plaintiffs also said BLM’s failure to consider alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development violated the National Environmental Policy Act.