Judge denies industry appeal on oil and gas leases in Wyo, Utah

Posted: Mar 15, 2013

Written by

Adam Voge, Casper Star-Tribune
Drilling

A federal appeals court on Tuesday blocked an industry effort to release federal oil and gas leases in two western states.

The decision affirmed a 2011 court decision that backed a Department of Interior order not to issue 118 oil and gas leases in Wyoming and Utah, citing possible effects on wilderness areas and wildlife habitats.

Energy producers sued the department over the order, and several conservation groups such as the Wyoming Outdoor Council, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Greater Yellowstone Coalition and National Wildlife Fund intervened.

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