Description: Challenge to issuance of oil and gas leases in Nevada.
Reese River Citizens Against Fracking v. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/08/2014 Order Download Order issued. The court rejected a request for a preliminary injunction and also sua sponte dismissed the lawsuit. The court concluded that it had no subject matter jurisdiction because there had been no final agency action since although BLM had conducted the lease sale, it had not yet decided whether to issue the leases. 06/27/2014 Complaint Download Complaint filed. A group of owners of farming and ranching land, water rights, and grazing rights in Nevada filed an action in the federal district court for the District of Nevada challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) decision to lease 230,989 acres of public lands for oil and gas development. The group alleged that BLM had not fulfilled its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act. Among the allegations of shortcomings in the environmental review was BLM’s alleged failure to consider greenhouse gas emissions associated with the lease sale and the sale’s impact on climate change. In particular, plaintiff said BLM should have considered the impact of methane releases from exploration and production activities and greenhouse gas emissions from the addition of more fossil fuels.