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Feds to disclose climate impacts of fracking in Colorado, Utah

In wake of Guardians’ lawsuit, judge orders review

The effects of Guardians’ landmark legal win this March continue to cascade throughout the West. The latest: a federal judge has ordered a climate review of the impacts of public lands fracking in Colorado and Utah.

In March’s case, the judge stated that the U.S. Department of Interior and Bureau of Land Management must consider the cumulative impact of greenhouse gas emissions generated by BLM lease sales in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, and across the nation, and ruled that the Interior Department had failed to account for climate impacts of fracking in Wyoming. Now, the feds have conceded that they similarly failed to account for these impacts on more than 150,000 acres of public lands in Colorado and Utah.

“This is another win for the climate and another step forward for defending our public lands from unchecked fracking,” said Guardians’ Jeremy Nichols. “The Trump administration simply has no defense; it can’t deny its duty to disclose and take action on the climate impacts of fossil fuel development on public lands.”

Read the press release.


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