The order comes amid complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can only be reached by traveling across private property as federal law allows the sale or exchange of public lands.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Tribes want specific language in a BLM plan that would prevent drilling near the park, instead of protesting four times a year when the energy industry requests lease sales on certain parcels.
The new plans are expected to remove the most protective habitat designations for about 13,000 square miles of public land.
Exactly how much land depends on pasture quality as determined by the government, but you can safely assume several hundred if not thousands of acres.
More than 50 parcels in New Mexico and Oklahoma will be up for bid including nine parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris is presiding over a Thursday hearing on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.
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.