BLM Violated NEPA In Granting Fracking Permits: 10th Circ.

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 9:13 PM EDT) -- The Tenth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Bureau of Land Management failed to weigh how much more water could be needed for new oil and gas wells from fracking in New Mexico’s Mancos Shale, sending a small number of drilling permits back to the agency for more environmental review.   

A unanimous three-judge panel partly overturned an April 2018 lower court decision in a case brought by environmental groups and a Navajo tribal group seeking to block further drilling in the Mancos Shale. A New Mexico federal judge found that the BLM hadn’t violated either the National Environmental Policy Act or the National Historic Preservation Act...

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