Description: Challenge to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s approval of a resource management plan that opened land in western Colorado to oil and gas leasing.
Western Slope Conservation Center v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/15/2020 Complaint Download Petition for review of agency action filed. Lawsuit Challenged Opening of Federal Land in Western Colorado to Oil and Gas Leasing. A second lawsuit was filed by conservation groups challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) approval of a resource management plan (RMP) covering almost a million acres in western Colorado. (Six other organizations filed a lawsuit in August.) The approval made 95% of the area covered by the RMP available for oil and gas leasing. The petitioners asserted that BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act, including by failing to take a hard look at climate change impacts.