Description: Challenge to the environmental reviews for oil and gas leases in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/19/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuits Challenged NEPA Reviews for Oil and Gas Lease Sales in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. On January 19, 2021, WildEarth Guardians and Physicians for Social Responsibility filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the District of Columbia challenging 890 oil and gas leases covering more than one million acres across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. They asserted that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to fully analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative climate change impacts of the leases. The plaintiffs alleged that although BLM had recognized and sought to remedy deficient NEPA reviews for other oil and gas lease sales after the court’s 2019 decision concerning Wyoming leases in another case, BLM had not done so with respect to the 19 lease sales challenged in this case.