US delays oil, gas sales in Montana after climate ruling

US delays oil, gas sales in Montana after climate ruling

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Missoulian
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 U.S. officials delayed lease sales on federal oil and gas reserves beneath more than 160 square miles of public and private lands in eastern Montana in response to a recent court ruling on climate change, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman said Wednesday.

The 223 lease parcels had been slated for sale on June 12, but instead will undergo additional environmental analysis, Jon Raby said, the bureau’s acting state director for Montana, in a letter announcing the delay.