Judge Sacks BLM Plan To Open Colo. Plateau To Drilling

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT) -- A Colorado federal judge Friday struck down a Bureau of Land Management plan to open the state’s Roan Plateau to oil and gas drilling, finding that the agency neglected to consider an alternative strategy for managing the lands as required under federal law.

U.S. District Judge Marcia S. Krieger largely agreed with a range of environmental groups that sued the agency in her decision to vacate the BLM’s 2007 plan to offer leases for drilling on the 120,000-acre parcel in western Colorado, ruling that the agency...
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