Federal Court Rules that BLM Failed to Analyze Phosphate Mine’s Impacts on Imperiled Sage Grouse

The U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) failed to adequately assess harms to vital habitat for the imperiled sage grouse when it approved the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine in southeast Idaho. The court granted summary judgment on Plaintiff Center for Biological Diversity’s claims that BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act and Federal Land Policy Management Act when it approved the phosphate mine without first analyzing and restricting, mitigating, or eliminating impacts to greater sage grouse such as harms to habitat and population connectivity.