Description: Challenge to issuance of federal oil and gas leases.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Suazo
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 07/15/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Environmental Groups Challenged Oil and Gas Leases in Arizona. Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Arizona challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's issuance of oil and gas leases covering land parcels near rural towns, the Navajo Nation, Petrified Forest National Park, the Coconino Aquifer, and the Little Colorado River. The plaintiffs asserted violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act. The plaintiffs alleged that the federal defendants improperly relied on 30-year-old environmental analysis that did not anticipate oil and gas development or consider significant new information about the local environment, wildlife, new oil and gas technologies, and climate change.