DOI Lease Cancellation Suit Time-Barred, 10th Circ. Affirms

Law360, New York (September 5, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision denying a challenge to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s cancellation of 77 oil and gas drilling leases in Utah over environmental concerns, ruling that the challenge was time-barred.

In a 2-1 published decision, the three-judge panel found that U.S. District Judge Dee Benson had correctly ruled that energy producers Impact Energy Resources LLC, Peak Royalty Holdings LLC, and Questar Exploration and Production Co. had disputed the cancellations outside the 90-day window granted under the Mineral...
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