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Rocky Mountain Wild v. Haaland

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20179
Nos. 18-cv-02468-MSK, (D. Colo., 09/28/2021) (Krieger, J.)

A district court held that BLM's 2018 decision to auction oil and gas leases on federally owned land in Colorado violated NEPA. Environmental groups argued the decision had failed to consider more accurate air monitoring data and modeling that became available after the 2017 EA on which it relied was issued, failed to consider the effects that the leasing would have on lands BLM had previously identified as having wilderness characteristics, and failed to consider a "no action" alternative in which no additional leasing would be offered in 2018. The court found BLM failed to consider its own estimates that the leases could result in "significant exceedances" of ozone NAAQS, and failed to consider whether the discovery of wilderness characteristics in certain lands warranted a change in management priorities assigned to those lands. It remanded the leasing decision to BLM for reconsideration.