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Western States Gas Leases Need Climate Review, Suit Says (1)

Jan. 20, 2021, 3:28 PMUpdated: Jan. 20, 2021, 6:24 PM

The Bureau of Land Management continues to “recklessly” lease public lands for oil and gas development without estimating the emissions and resulting climate impacts, according to a lawsuit filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court.

The agency faces a challenge to its decision approving 890 oil and gas leases on 1 million acres of public lands in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Utah, according to the complaint filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The agency’s approval violated the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires the federal government to not only quantify greenhouse gas emissions, ...

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