Obama-appointed Washington, D.C., District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras temporarily blocked new oil lease auctions in Wyoming, citing a lack of considerations of “climate change” by the Department of Interior. Apparently, the federal government did not satisfactorily study the environmental impact the projects would have on 300,000 acres of federal land to include downstream effects. “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,” wrote Contreras. Of course for envirochondriacs on the Left, no consideration is sufficient short of a complete ban on fossil fuels.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller…
A federal judge temporarily blocked new oil lease auctions in Wyoming on Tuesday after finding the Department of the Interior “did not sufficiently consider climate change” when proposing the lease sales, The Washington Post reports.
Washington D.C. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled the government violated federal law and did not fully study the environmental impact of oil development on 300,000 acres of federal land. (RELATED: Federal Oil And Gas Lease Sales Break $1 Billion In 2018, Nearly Triple Previous Record)
Contreras did not void leases already sold, but he ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to redo the environmental reviews used to approve the leases.