DOI OKs New Plan For Gas Drilling In Montana

Law360, New York (December 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed off on a plan that paves the way for natural gas drilling in southeastern Montana after a federal court forced the agency to re-evaluate the project's environmental impact.

On Tuesday, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management approved the environmental impact statement and management plan for drilling coal-bed methane wells in BLM-administered lands in Montana, including the Powder River Basin and Yellowstone County.

The BLM-approved plan mandates a phased-in approach to drilling in order to evaluate the project's...
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