U.S. Judge Blocks Drilling over Climate Change, Casting Doubt on Trump Agenda
A U.S. judge has blocked oil drilling planned in Wyoming because the government failed to adequately consider its impact on global warming – a decision that could complicate President Donald Trump’s broader efforts to expand oil, gas and coal output on America’s public lands.
The ruling, by Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, was issued late on Tuesday, according to court documents.
It blocked drilling on more than 300,000 acres (121,400 hectares) in Wyoming until the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management conducts further analyses about how the development would impact climate change.
“Having reviewed the record and the relevant law, the Court concludes that – withholding judgment on whether BLM’s leasing decisions were correct – BLM did not sufficiently consider climate change when making those decisions,” Judge Contreras wrote in the order.
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