PHOENIX – A federal appeals court has ruled the Bureau of Land Management needs to reconsider how drilling permits could impact natural resources in the area around Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico. The decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this month comes in a case first filed in 2015. E&E News reporter Pamela King spoke with KJZZ’s The Show about what the court said.
Environmental groups generally have applauded the ruling. Kyle Tisdel, climate energy program director at Western Environmental Law Center in Durango, Colorado, which filed the lawsuit, said the BLM used to issue permits “without ever considering the true magnitude of the cumulative impacts affecting people and the lands around where this drilling is taking place.”