Description: Challenge to sale of oil and gas leases within and affecting sage-grouse habitat and to related Bureau of Land Management guidance.
Western Watersheds Project v. Zinke
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/30/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Conservation Organizations Challenged Oil and Gas Leases in Sage-Grouse Habitat. Western Watersheds Project and Center for Biological Diversity filed a complaint in the federal district court for the District of Idaho asserting that the Trump administration’s sale of hundreds of thousands of acres of oil and gas leases within or affecting sage-grouse habitat violated the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint alleged that the federal defendants violated NEPA by, among other things, failing to address likely climate change impacts to the sage-grouse and its habitat. The plaintiffs also challenged Bureau of Land Management guidance issued in late 2017 and early 2018.