Judge:  Fracking Claims ‘Moot’; Leases Suspended For More Environmental Analysis

(March 3, 2020, 1:00 PM EST) -- SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge in Utah on March 2 dismissed a lawsuit brought by environmental advocacy groups, ruling that their claims were moot because the federal agencies that granted hydraulic fracturing leases had met their burden of showing that no ground-disturbing activity would occur during an environmental analysis that is to be conducted while the leases are temporarily suspended (Friends of Cedar Mesa v. U.S. Department of the Interior, et al., No. 19-13, and Southern Utah Wilderness Association v. David Bernhardt, No. 19-266, D. Utah)....

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