Friday, March 19, 2010

38,000 acres of oil and gas leases suspended in Montana

The Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) was instrumental in this "first of its kind" settlement. The OGAP along with the Montana Environmental Information Center and Wild Earth Guardians were the plaintiffs in this case.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ordered the Bureau of Land Management to suspend 61 leases in Montana within 90 days.

"We view this as a very big deal, if a modest first step, in the BLM addressing climate change in oil and gas development," said plaintiffs' attorney Erik Schlenker-Goodrich. "It's quite a dirty process, but there are ways to clean it up."

A similar lawsuit challenging 70,000 acres of federal lands in New Mexico is still pending.
here to read article.

Way to go OGAP!!

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