FWS Accused Of Using Settlements To Change Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (March 17, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT) -- The state of Oklahoma and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance hit the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with a lawsuit Monday in Oklahoma federal court, accusing the FWS of using “sue-and-settle” tactics to secretly change its regulations.

DEPA, a national alliance of independent producers, royalty owners, oilfield service companies, and state and national oil and natural gas associations, says the suit is in response to “unprecedented secret settlements” between the FWS and anti-development interest groups. As part of those...
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