Link to Opinion of the Court.
The Court declares that the Lewistown RMP, Missoula RMP, and Miles City RMP amendment are unlawful and must be set aside under 5 U.S.C. § 3348(d)(1) and 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(A)
(RMP stands for Resource Management Plan)
After previously giving William Perry Pendley the iron boot from illegally directing the Bureau of Land Management, the Judge has now invalidated three plans illegally enacted at the behest of Pendley that related to the Plaintiff State of Montana. The Judge denied relief in other States as beyond his Article III Jurisdiction, but indicated that other States could take up litigation to overturn Pendley’s actions in their respective State jurisdiction.
Simply put, the RMP’s would have open up most BLM land in Montana to oil and gas leasing and mining. The court decision slams the door on that.