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Court ouster of USBLM chief could jeopardize decisions make under him, including HQ relocation

A federal judge's decision to boot a top Trump appointee could jeopardize years of actions the administration has taken on public lands, including an expansion of oil and gas drilling and the decision to uproot the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) headquarters.

A Montana-based U.S. District Court judge on Friday ruled William Perry Pendley, the controversial acting director of BLM, "served unlawfully... for 424 days," giving the Department of the Interior 10 days to justify why it shouldn’t throw out many of the decisions Pendley has made during his tenure.

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