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Solenex LLC v. Jewell

ELR Citation: 48 ELR 20173
Nos. 13-0993, (D.D.C., 09/24/2018) (Leon, J.)

A district court vacated DOI's cancellation of an oil company's oil and gas lease in Montana. The company argued that cancellation after more than 30 years for a pre-lease NEPA violation that was never disclosed to the company was arbitrary and capricious. The court agreed, concluding that the agency failed to consider the reliance interests at stake in canceling the lease and took an unreasonable amount of time to correct an alleged agency error, in violation of the APA. The court therefore vacated the cancellation and remanded to the agency with an order that the lease be reinstated.