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National Wildlife Fed'n v. Burford

Citation: 12 ELR 20762
No. Nos. 82-1094, -1166, 18 ERC 1514/(D.D.C., 06/07/1982) Venue transferred to Mont.

In a suit to enjoin the sale of federal coal leases in the Powder River Coal Region of Montana and Wyoming, the court grants defendants' motion for a transfer of venue to the Montana district court. Venue is proper in Montana since three of the five plaintiffs are located in Montana, all of the planning for the coal lease sales was done in the government's field offices in Montana, and most of the relevant documents and potential witnesses are located there.

[Pleadings in this case are summarized at ELR PEND. LIT. 65748 — Ed.]

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Norman L. Dean Jr.
National Wildlife Federation
1424 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20036
(202) 797-6817

Reid P. Chambers
Sonosky, Chambers & Sachse
1050 31st St. NW, Washington DC 20007
(202) 342-9131

Counsel for Defendants
Michael W. Reed
Land and Natural Resources Division
Department of Justice, Washington DC 20530
(202) 633-2778