US Suspends Oil Leases For Environmental Review

Law360, New York (March 19, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management following the agency's decision to suspend leases on 61 parcels of public land that conservation groups argued were opened to oil and gas drilling without consideration of whether doing so would worsen global warming.

Judge Donald W. Molloy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana on Thursday dismissed the case brought by the Montana Environmental Information Center and other organizations, initiating a 90-day deadline for the BLM to suspend leases...
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