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Judge cancels oil and gas leases on some sage grouse lands


February 28, 2020

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has cancelled more than $125 million in oil and gas leases on public lands that are home to the declining bird species greater sage grouse, in a ruling that said the Trump administration illegally curtailed public comment.

The ruling doesn't stop drilling already underway in areas with sage grouse, but it could help protect the birds from future activity.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush's ruling out of Boise, Idaho, covers leases issued by the federal Bureau of Land Management in 2018 on more than 1,300 square miles (3,400 square kilometers) in Nevad...

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