Hammond v. Norton
Citation: 35 ELR 20100
No. No. 01-2345, (D.D.C., 05/13/2005)
A district court held that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) improperly segmented its analysis of a petroleum pipeline construction project in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act. The BLM erroneously determined that the pipeline segment had independent utility from another proposed pipeline project. By excluding the other pipeline project from its analysis, it allowed the impact of that project to be considered in a separate environmental review process, thereby preventing the full environmental impacts of the combined projects from being considered adequately in the decisionmaking process. Claims that the final environmental impact statement failed to address environmental impacts of the pipeline at issue, however, as well as claims under the Endangered Species Act, the Mineral Leasing Act, and the National Forest Management Act, were without merit.