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California v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR Citation: 48 ELR 20122
Nos. 18-cv-00521-HSG and 18-cv-00524-HSG, (N.D. Cal., 07/17/2018)

A district court denied BLM's motion to transfer a lawsuit over BLM's hydraulic fracturing rule from California to Wyoming. The agency argued that moving the lawsuit to Wyoming would avoid potentially conflicting legal precedents between the California and Wyoming district courts and that the District of Wyoming has a stronger local interest in the controversy. But the court disagreed, concluding that the agency's concern over inconsistent judgments was unfounded and that Wyoming's interest in the outcome does not diminish California's comparable stake. The court therefore denied BLM's motion to transfer.