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Western Organization of Resource Councils v. United States Bureau of Land Management

Abstract

To what extent must the BLM analyze potential climate change impacts where millions of acres of public lands and federal mineral estates are being considered for coal development? Western Organization of Resource Councils v. BLM addresses this question and sets the scope of analysis of environmental impacts and reasonable alternatives considered by federal agencies as required by NEPA. Judge Brian Morris of the District of Montana eschewed BLM’s assertions that climate change considerations in reviews would be speculative, and instead required BLM to acknowledge scientific reality and include modern climate science in its analysis for NEPA reviews

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