Following a challenge from environmentalists, the Trump administration has suspended oil and gas production on 130 plots in the state of Utah.
According to The Hill:
The Trump administration has suspended the production of oil and gas on 130 plots in Utah following a legal challenge by environmentalists.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly issued suspensions of operation and production on all 130 plots due to the ongoing litigation, which alleges that officials did not consider greenhouse gas emissions when granting the oil lease sales, on Sept. 27.
“The BLM has concluded that it is necessary to suspend the referenced leases and complete further environmental analysis,” the 130 individual notices read.
The decision came after environmental groups legally challenged several lease sales, alleging that the agency failed to satisfy federal environmental laws by not considering the effects of climate change on federal land prior to leasing them for fossil fuel exploration.
Environmentalists continue to oppose the Trump administration’s approach to get the most use out of the land as possible.