WATCHING WASHINGTON NO MORE 29 APPEALS

With Patrick Crow The Interior Department has closed a loophole in its rules that allowed environmental groups to delay energy projects in the West without just cause. Opponents to projects discovered if they appealed the issuance of Bureau of Land Management development permits for anything from cattleguards to oil wells the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) would grant an automatic stay that lasted as long as 2 years. All it took was a 29 stamp. Opponents had only to cite general reasons

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