U.S. Officials have delayed lease sales on federal oil and gas reserves beneath approximately 160 square miles of public and private land in eastern Montana. Officials from the Bureau of Land Management said the decision came after a court ruling on climate change.
A U.S. District judge ruled that government officials failed to consider the climate impacts of burning coal, oil and gas extracted from the Powder River Basin.
The 223 parcels had been scheduled to be sold on June 12, but will instead go under additional environmental analysis. Agency officials were unable to provide a timeline for the new analysis or when the parcels would be available for sale.