U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
The Interior Department plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West.
The land was in big game habitat and the North Fork Valley in western Colorado.
The lawsuit claims that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the BLM didn’t properly assess the environmental impact of drilling on the land.
A replacement rule from the Interior Department rescinds mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution.
Sen. Michael Bennet and Gov. John Hickenlooper asked the government to stop plans for oil and gas drilling on habitat for the greater sage grouse.
About 30 percent of the Little Book Cliffs herd will be trapped by the BLM to minimize overgrazing.
A decision about whether to move the BLM and where isn’t expected for many months.
Authorities found about 5,000 pounds of trash and infrastructure at each illegal grow site in the San Isabel National Forest.
Some governors in the U.S. West say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region.