Conservation groups in Montana are calling on the federal government to overhaul oil and gas leasing on public lands. President Joe Biden paused leasing when he came into office, but a federal judge has overturned the moratorium. The Bureau of Land Management proposed 14 parcels in Montana covering more than 6,200 acres for a lease sale in February and is seeking public comment on the proposal. Derf Johnson with the Montana Environmental Information Center says the Biden administration recognized concerns with the leasing process when they issued the pause.
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