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Article Title

Solenex LLC v. Jewell

Case Summary Citation

Solenex LLC v. Jewell, No. 13-0993, ___ F. Supp. 3d ___, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163296 (D.D.C. Sept. 24, 2018)

Abstract

In Solenex LLC v. Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior cancelled a highly contentious oil and gas lease in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine area, an environmentally sensitive and culturally significant area to the Blackfeet Tribe, nearly thirty years after the lease had been issued. Solenex, a Louisiana based oil and gas company and holder of the lease, brought this action to enjoin the cancellation. The District Court for the District of Columbia agreed with Solenex and found that the Secretary’s decision took an unreasonable amount of time and violated good-faith contractual obligations. On these grounds, the court found the Secretary’s decision arbitrary and capricious and reinstated the lease.

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