Filed: April 2021
Plaintiff: Friends of Cedar Mesa
Defendant: US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management
The non-profit organization Friends of Cedar Mesa challenged the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management on its decision to issue oil and gas leases in southeastern Utah. The environmental group argued that the proposed drilling would take place on sacred indigenous land, violating numerous acts, including the National Historic Preservation Act, the Administrative Procedure Act and the Endangered Species Act. Plaintiffs said the BLM ignored its obligation to complete an assessment on how drilling would affect wildlife and “entirely ignored…foreseeable effects to historic properties”. They said that BLM “relied on arbitrary, capricious, and legally inadequate efforts to identify, study, and document the potential impacts to cultural and environmental resources”.