Green Groups Fight Last-Minute Oil Shale Rules

Law360, New York (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Conservation groups are fighting the Bush administration's recent rules that create an oil shale leasing program, accusing the government of ignoring concerns of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its threats to endangered species.

On Tuesday, a coalition led by the Center for Biological Diversity sent notices to the Bush administration of its intent to file a federal lawsuit challenging the regulations.

The letters relate to two decisions by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management finalized in November.

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