Interior Department, states appeal sage grouse ruling

Groups sue for sage grouse protections
Posted at 2:10 AM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 04:10:20-05

BOISE, Idaho — The Interior Department, Idaho and Wyoming are appealing a court ruling that halted a Trump administration plan to ease land-use restrictions that protect struggling sage grouse.

The notices filed Monday say the agency and states will seek a review by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals of a ruling temporarily preventing the plan from being used.

Idaho and Wyoming back the Trump administration plan that eases restrictions on energy companies and other industries. A judge in October said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management hadn't adequately considered how the Trump administration plan could harm sage grouse.