BLM decisions in Western states targeted for rollback, including 2 in Arizona

This office building in Grand Junction, CO houses the new headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management. Existing tenants in the building include Chevron and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. /Photo: BLM

By Jacob Fischler | Arizona Mirror

A federal judge’s ruling that the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management was serving unlawfully in that position could have implications for dozens of decisions the agency made across the West during the past 15 months—including in Colorado, Arizona and Nevada.

After the judge’s Sept. 25 ruling that William Perry Pendley had been unlawfully acting as director of the BLM since July 2019, conservation groups and state governments in affected areas have been working to identify agency actions that could be overturned as a result. Tuesday, a coalition of 60 conservation groups, led by the National Audubon Society and the National Wildlife Federation, listed 30 site-specific decisions that the groups said should be reversed. 

The list included two Arizona sites, five in Colorado and two in Nevada. 

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