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Sun May 3, 2020, 09:58 AM

Womp Womp - Federal Judge Vacates 287 Oil/Gas Leases In Montana; Insufficient Environmental Review

A federal judge on Friday vacated 287 oil and gas leases on almost 150,000 acres of land in Montana, ruling that the Trump administration had improperly issued the leases to energy companies in 2017 and 2018.

The judge, Brian Morris of the United States District Court for the District of Montana, said the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately take into account the environmental impacts of the drilling. In particular, Judge Morris found that the officials had not accounted for the drilling’s impact on regional water supplies and the global impact that the increased drilling would have on climate change.

The decision is at least the third such legal loss that criticized the Trump administration for failing to consider the cumulative impacts of expanding fossil fuel production on the warming of the planet. It comes as the Trump administration is seeking to eliminate the legal requirements that the government take such impacts into account at all.

Judge Morris wrote that in issuing the leases, the Trump administration’s failure to provide the legally required environmental analyses “largely relates to the absence of analysis rather than to a flawed analysis. In other words, the Court does not fault B.L.M. for providing a faulty analysis of cumulative impacts or impacts to groundwater, it largely faults B.L.M. for failing to provide any analysis.”

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/climate/oil-gas-leases-montana.html

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Sun May 3, 2020, 11:00 AM

1. Good that there are some worthy judges still around

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Sun May 3, 2020, 12:28 PM

2. Woot!

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Sun May 3, 2020, 12:44 PM

3. K&R

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