Bloomberg Law
March 24, 2020, 10:28 PM

Court Asked to Expand Oil, Gas Limits Beyond Sage-Grouse Turf

Maya Earls
Maya Earls
Legal Reporter

An Idaho federal court should expand its decision barring the Trump administration from streamlining the process for oil and gas leases to areas outside of sage-grouse territory, environmental groups said.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho was wrong to limit its February ruling on the Bureau of Land Management’s policy to sage-grouse habitat, the Western Watersheds Project and Center for Biological Diversity say in their motion for reconsideration.

The bureau has until April 7 to respond.

Not only will the geographically limited ruling allow the bureau to continue applying the unlawful policy in oil and gas lease ...