Description: Lawsuits challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s of oil and gas leases on public lands in Montana and North Dakota between July 2019 and September 2020.
WildEarth Guardians v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/12/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit in Montana Federal Court Challenged NEPA Reviews for 2019 and 2020 Oil and Gas Lease Sales. WildEarth Guardians and four other organizations filed a complaint in the federal district court for the District of Montana asserting that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) sales of oil and gas leases on public lands in Montana and North Dakota between July 2019 and September 2020 suffered from the same defects that the court identified in a May 2020 decision that vacated 2017 and 2018 leases. In particular, the plaintiffs alleged that BLM failed to adequately consider the lease sales’ effects on greenhouse gas emissions and climate and on groundwater and drinking water.