“Wave of Lawsuits Coming Over Pendley’s BLM Decisions”

“A federal judge's order invalidating three land use plans approved by the Bureau of Land Management during William Perry Pendley's “unlawful” tenure could spark a wave of litigation challenging oversight of millions of acres.

That's according to legal experts and Montana District Chief Judge Brian Morris, who wrote in his order issued late Friday that it is “probable” there are “additional actions taken by Pendley that should be set aside as unlawful” across the West.

“Conservation Groups remain free to file suit in the appropriate federal district court to challenge land management decisions they have identified as potentially unlawful,” Morris wrote.

They're planning to do so.”

Scott Streater reports for E&E News October 19, 2020.