Court won't review ruling on oil, gas leases in UT

Appeals court won't review ruling on rescinded oil, gas leases near national parks in Utah

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- An appeals court says it won't reconsider a ruling dismissing lawsuits that were filed against the federal government for rescinding oil and gas leases near national parks in Utah.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in September that energy companies missed a 90-day deadline to sue. Two companies sought a review by the full appeals court. The court said Thursday the requests were denied.

The lawsuits stemmed from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision after President Barack Obama took office to rescind 77 oil and gas leases sold during the previous administration near Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dinosaur National Monument. Salazar said they were sold without proper environmental analysis.

The companies had sued to try to regain the leases.

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