9th Circ. Nixes Oil Exploration Plan For Mont. Historic Site

Law360, Los Angeles (July 31, 2013, 10:20 PM ET) -- The Bureau of Land Management will have to conduct new studies to determine whether it violated the National Historic Preservation Act when it allowed oil and gas exploration on a plot of land set aside in 2001 as a national monument, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

The Montana Wilderness Association had accused the bureau of breaching covenants in the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the preservation law when it drafted a plan that would allow oil and gas exploration,...
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