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Wyoming Oil, Gas Leases Suspended Pending Appeal on Sage-Grouse

Aug. 26, 2020, 3:48 PM

A federal judge on Tuesday stayed part of his ruling tossing oil and gas leases in Wyoming greater sage-grouse habitat, but suspended oil and gas operations on the parcels pending an appeal.

Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in May tossed out 440 oil and gas leases in greater sage-grouse habitat in Montana and Wyoming, saying the Bureau of Land Management failed to follow its own plans for protecting the chicken-sized bird.

The bird is an indicator species for the health of the sagebrush ecosystem, which often intersects with oil and gas industry ...

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