Gov't, Tribal Groups Fight Oil Lease Renewals At DC Circ.

Law360 (April 5, 2019, 6:38 PM EDT) -- The federal government and environmental and tribal groups urged the D.C. Circuit Thursday to reverse a lower court's decision to reinstate a canceled oil and gas lease on Montana land sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe, arguing that drilling will be damaging to the area.

The government said U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon was wrong when he determined that the U.S. Department of the Interior had acted arbitrarily in making a decision to cancel the drilling lease more than 33 years after issuing it to Solonex LLC and breached the contract that the Louisiana-based driller had relied on for all those years after...

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