6/17/2013

A lawsuit filed by environmental groups to block oil and natural gas leases issued in Montana was dismissed by a federal judge. The groups in their lawsuit argued that the government should require drillers to reduce methane emissions as a condition of leasing. The plaintiffs, however, failed to prove that the lease sales would "lead to climate change impacts resulting in injury to their recreational and aesthetic interests in lands near the leases," U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ruled.

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