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Mark Barron Lauds Ruling that Upholds BLM Cumulative Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

News / March 29, 2019

Mark Barron is quoted in an article E&E News published on March 28, 2019. The article, “Court Faults Another Federal Climate Review,” reports on the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado’s recent ruling upholding virtually all of the environmental review the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared for two oil and gas projects in western Colorado. Of particular importance, the court upheld BLM’s methodology for assessing cumulative climate impacts associated with the project and agreed that the government’s decision not to use the “social cost of carbon” metric to put a dollar figure on impacts was a reasonable choice.

Barron, who represents the project proponent, emphasized the relationship between the court’s findings and local impacts: “It is also notable that the judge rejected the plaintiffs’ attempts to characterize oil and gas development generally, and hydraulic fracturing specifically, as a threat to air and water resources. Judge Babcock’s ruling

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