Judge temporarily blocks drilling in parts of Wyoming, citing climate change

  • A federal judge has temporarily blocked new drilling on 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming after ruling that the US Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when allowing oil and gas companies to lease federal land in the state.
  • In 2018, the Interior Department offered more than 12.8 million acres of public lands to oil and gas companies, according to The New York Times.
  • Now, US District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Rudolph Contreras has ruled that, by doing so, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act, according to The Washington Post.
  • “Given the national, cumulative nature of climate change, considering each individual drilling project in a vacuum deprives the agency and the public of the context necessary to evaluate oil and gas drilling on federal land before irretrievably committing to that drilling,” Contreras wrote.

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