The oil and gas trade group Western Energy Alliance sued the federal government over its leasing practices, alleging that the Bureau of Land Management is violating the law by not offering more public lands in oil and gas lease sales,
The rule has many supporters from many different walks of life, including both Republican and Democratic members of Congress, land managers, conservation organizations, sportsmen, local elected officials and former public utility commissioners.
NEPA was passed in 1969 as a way for the U.S. government to understand and document the environmental impacts of any project undertaken with federal funds or support, including any type of development on public lands, such as drilling, mining, logging and road building.
For years, Congress has hobbled conservation and restoration on our nation’s favorite wildlands by underfunding the federal programs that support our public lands – lands that are owned by all Americans.
Long the subject of controversy over oil and gas development, there was new hope for the Roan Plateau in 2014 when conservation and sportsmen’s groups settled a lawsuit with the oil and gas industry to balance conservation and energy development on the Roan.