“Faster and easier lease sales, at the expense of public participation, is not enough,” wrote the judge, who reinstated previous requirements that call for a 30-day public comment and administrative protest period.
Trump ‘Efforts to Serve Corporate Polluters’ Dealt Blow as Judge Vacates Oil and Gas Lease Sales on Nearly 1 Million Acres | Common Dreams News
Idaho judge voids nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases in sage-grouse habitat, overturns Trump policy limiting public input – The Washington Post
As the Trump administration has pushed to expand domestic energy production — earlier this month the Interior Department celebrated the fact that last year more than 1 billion barrels of oil were produced from drilling offshore and on public land — it has adopted several measures to curb public comment on regulatory decisions. While the effort has accelerated the timeline for drilling, it has also raised legal concerns.