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May 22, 2020 | Legal Document

Decision: BLM Sage Grouse

The U.S. District Court in Montana struck down the Trump administration’s attempt to gut a key part of the Bureau of Land Management’s 2015 plan to save the greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird species of the Western United States. The court invalidated a December 2017 BLM policy directive that has allowed millions of acres of oil and gas leasing in sensitive sage-grouse habitat. The court also struck down 440 oil and gas leases, covering about 336,000 acres (525 square miles), that BLM sold as part of its policy reversal.

March 13, 2020 | In the News: Courthouse News Service

Environmental Groups Claim US Army Base Is Threatening River

Alex Hardee, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “For years the fort has evaded the Endangered Species Act by disregarding the science and relying on illusory water credits. We filed this lawsuit to put an end to this pattern and practice, and to force the U.S. Army and Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with the Endangered Species Act.”

February 6, 2020 | In the News: Washington Post

These southern Utah sites were once off-limits to development. Now, Trump will auction the right to drill and graze there.

Heidi McIntosh, Managing Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “The Trump administration built their plans on an unlawful foundation. This headlong spree to open up monument lands to extractive industries and development is illegitimate, and could only be done by turning a blind eye to the law and flat out ignoring the Native American tribes for whom Bears Ears is sacred.”

December 23, 2019 | In the News: KUER

District Court Will Hear Public Lands Fracking Lawsuit In January

Michael Freeman, Attorney, Rocky Mountain Office, Earthjustice: “The effect of that [rescinded rule] was to leave all oil and gas development on federal lands in this country subject to really outdated and inadequate federal standards of our lands and our water and our public health.”

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