Environmental Groups Sue for Access to Public Records About Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management for failing to release public records, including documents relating to the Department’s response to President Biden’s executive order for a review of the federal oil and gas leasing program. Plaintiffs allege that the withholding of requested records violates the Freedom of Information Act and deprives the groups of the ability to advance their respective missions relating to the protection of wildlife, wildlife habitats, and overall environmental health. Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory and injunctive relief.