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Press Release September 7, 2022

Legal Agreement Blocks Drilling on 58,000 Acres in Montana, Dakotas Pending New Analysis

Agreement resolves 2021 lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s failure to address harm from oil and gas extraction

Document September 6, 2022

Final Settlement Agreement – Montana, Dakotas Leasing

Conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have reached a settlement agreement that will prevent new oil and gas drilling on 58,000 acres of public lands in Montana and the Dakotas pending a new analysis of its potential harm to groundwater and the climate.

A full moon is seen above Mount Baldy in the Big Belt Mountains near Townsend, Montana, April 2019. Nearby land was recently protected by a federal judge’s ruling; however, the Big Belt Mountains are still at risk.
(John Lambing / Alamy)
case April 22, 2021

Challenging Risky Oil and Gas Giveaway of Public Lands in Montana and North Dakota

More than 25 million acres of public lands in the U.S. have been leased to the oil and gas industry for development. Earthjustice and our clients have taken a series of court actions to protect groundwater and our climate from risky oil and gas leases across staggering swaths of public lands. State and federal scientists…

Document January 12, 2021

Round II MT lease sale complaint 1.12.21

Round II MT lease sale complaint 1.12.21

Press Release January 12, 2021

Groups Challenge Trump Administration Sale of 58,000 Acres of Public Lands for Oil, Gas Drilling

Feds ignored effect on groundwater, cumulative climate impacts

Document May 1, 2020

Order: Montana BLM Oil Leasing Victory

Defeated oil lease sale was a reckless rush to sacrifice Montana’s public lands to the Trump Administration’s “energy dominance” agenda

A full moon is seen above Mount Baldy in the Big Belt Mountains near Townsend, Montana, April 2019. Nearby land was recently protected by a federal judge’s ruling; however, the Big Belt Mountains are still at risk.
(John Lambing / Alamy)
Press Release: Victory May 1, 2020

Rural Landowners, Farmers, and Conservation Groups Celebrate Court Victory Halting Risky Oil and Gas Giveaway of 150,000 Acres of Montana Public Lands

Federal judge rules BLM failed to consider risks to Montana’s environment and water supply before issuing 287 oil and gas leases