BLM Seeks To Pare Claims In Oil Lease Suit

Law360, New York (April 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Bureau of Land Management has asked a district court to dismiss one claim in a suit brought by several environmental groups alleging that the agency illegally leased public land for oil and gas development.

In a motion filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, BLM contends that the U.S. Department of the Interior secretarial order it allegedly violated does not have the force or effect of law, so it cannot be judicially reviewed or enforced against an agency in federal...
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