Description: Challenge to U.S. Bureau of Land Management's environmental impact statement that served as basis for opening land to oil and gas development.
National Audubon Society v. Kempthorne
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/25/2006 Memorandum Decision Download Memorandum decision issued. Plaintiffs challenged the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) final EIS that opened up land to oil and gas development, alleging that it did not analyze the effects of these activities on climate change. The court upheld the EIS’s climate change-related analysis, holding that agency's methodology was reasonable and that plaintiff’s affidavits did not contain any evidence of the cumulative effects of climate change. The EIS, however, was invalidated on other grounds, and BLM’s sale of oil and gas development rights was enjoined.