Utah Sens. Slam BLM Categorical Exclusion Deal

Law360, New York (April 7, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT) -- Utah Republican Sens. Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch say they are outraged over a settlement between the Bureau of Land Management and environmental groups that will restrict the use of categorical exclusions under the Energy Policy Act for certain oil and gas leases on federal land.

The Utah lawmakers claim that the deal, filed March 31 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, guts a portion of the 2005 EPA that streamlines energy development on federal lands by allowing lease owners to bypass...
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