A federal judge has refused to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be used for hydraulic fracturing that could harm sage grouse and cause more environmental damage than the Bureau of Land Management admits.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du ruled she has no authority to grant opponents’ request for an emergency order to prevent the BLM from formally issuing the leases.
Representatives of the Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, says they’re considering refiling the complaint.
The coalition says the BLM has abused its authority by limiting public comment and failing to conduct an adequate review of the potential impacts of the fracking.
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