DOI Reiterates That Drilling Lease Cancellation Was Justified

Law360 (August 12, 2019, 7:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday continued to push the D.C. Circuit to reverse a ruling that it arbitrarily canceled a drilling lease on Montana land sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe, saying it provided "substantial" reasoning to support the cancellation.

The Department reiterated arguments raised in earlier filings, saying it had properly examined the lease held by driller Solonex LLC and concluded that the environmental and cultural studies required under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act were not done when the lease was initially issued more than 30 years ago.

"The limited efforts that the agencies...

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