Judge Blocks Utah Oil, Gas Leases At 11th Hour

Law360, New York (January 20, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A district court judge granted a last-minute temporary restraining order over the weekend to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from going forward with issuing contentious oil and gas leases for 77 parcels of Utah land.

One day before the BLM planned to officially hand off rights to the land, the judge ruled that the seven environmental, conservation and historic preservation groups suing the government had successfully shown that because the sale represents the moment at which the bureau loses its power to deny certain...
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