Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction Requesting that Judge Urbina Enjoin the Issuance of Oil and Gas Leases for Utah Wildlands

Legal Filings
December 22, 2008

Environmental and preservation organizations today filed their Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction requesting that Judge Urbina enjoin the issuance of oil and gas leases for Utah wildlands.  The government has until January 8 to file a response.  Plaintiffs SUWA et al. will have until January 14 to file a reply brief.  The motion argues that the Bureau of Land Management approved the Moab, Price and Vernal Resource Managment Plans and the leases at issue without completing the analysis and providing the protections required by federal law.  Plaintiffs contend that BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.