Climate Change Makes Poor Weapon In Oil, Gas Lease Fights

Law360, New York (June 21, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT) -- Opponents of oil and gas drilling who claim the government should have taken global warming into account before issuing leases are having little success as courts repeatedly find that plaintiffs are unable to make a direct link between greenhouse emissions and harm to their communities.

The latest blow came June 14, when a Montana federal judge ruled that conservation groups Montana Environmental Information Center, Earthworks Oil & Gas Accountability Project and WildEarth Guardians didn’t have standing to challenge oil and gas leases issued by the U.S....
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