Conservation groups have won a major legal victory against the Bureau of Land Management concerning oil and gas development.
A federal appeals court decided this week the BLM did not fulfill its obligation to consider the effects of proposed developments on wildlife, water, and air quality. The ruling affects 118 lease sites in both Wyoming and Utah. Melanie Kay attorney with Earthjustice, said the BLM should have done a lot more research before allowing development on the land.
Nada Culver, spokeswoman for the Wilderness Society, says the BLM shouldn't assume projects should go forward just because a developer says so.
The case came to the courts after the Western Energy Alliance and other developers brought the lawsuit after leases were not promptly issued after auction.