BLM Prevails In Suit Over Mont. Drilling Leases

Law360, New York (August 10, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT) -- A Montana federal judge on Tuesday said the Bureau of Land Management did not improperly allow oil and gas development, construction of airstrips, and other activities in a protected area in the state, ending a consolidated suit brought by environmental groups.

U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon granted separate summary judgment motions from the BLM, two aviation groups, and four Montana counties and a rancher group in the suit over the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. He denied a summary judgment motion from the Montana...
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