5th Circ. Nixes Tribal Bid To Block Texas Drilling

Law360, New York (July 9, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a tribal lawsuit accusing the federal government of illegally approving drilling leases on aboriginal land in Texas, finding that the government has sovereign immunity from any broad challenge by the tribe.

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas accused the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior of breaching their federal duty to protect land and natural resources, but the Fifth Circuit said the lawsuit fails because the tribes failed to point to any identifiable agency action under...
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