Description: Challenge to approvals of application for permits to drill in the Mancos Shale/Gallup formations.
Diné Citizens Against Ruining the Environment v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/28/2019 Order Download Court issued order regarding setting of hearing on motion for injunctive relief. Court Said It Would Not Rush to Hear Motion for Injunctive Relief. On August 28, 2019, the court issued a sua sponte order to explain why it had not yet set a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary relief. The court noted the burdens it and other southwest border courts were facing and the need to prioritize criminal cases. The court also said it saw no basis for a temporary restraining order and that the plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief might be subject to a ripeness challenge. 08/22/2019 Motion to Intervene Download Motion for leave to intervene as a defendant filed by American Petroleum Institute. 08/14/2019 Response Download Response filed by federal defendants in opposition to plaintiffs' motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. 08/06/2019 Motion to Intervene Download Motion to intervene filed by Enduring Resources IV, LLC. 08/05/2019 Motion to Intervene Download Motion to intervene filed by DJR Energy Holdings, LLC and BP America Production Company. 08/01/2019 Motion Download Motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed by plaintiffs. 08/01/2019 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Plaintiffs Challenged BLM Approvals for Oil and Gas Permits in New Mexico. On August 1, 2019, four environmental groups filed a complaint and a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the federal district court the District of New Mexico challenging BLM’s approval of at least 255 applications for permits to drill in Mancos Shale/Gallup formations. The complaint—which cited significant increases in methane emissions as a consequence of continued expansion of Mancos Shale development—alleged that BLM continued to approve drilling permits despite having failed to complete its assessment of hydraulic fracturing and even though the Tenth Circuit ruled that BLM had failed to considered the cumulative impacts of oil and gas production in the Mancos Shale.