If unsuccessful after exhausting administrative remedies, relief can be sought in the federal courts. The particular facts of a controversy will determine whether and when a lawsuit can – and should – be brought. The law is undeveloped and unsettled on many points concerning oil and gas exploration on public lands. Please contact an attorney familiar with public lands and oil and gas law to provide legal counsel for any contemplated lawsuits.

More information on specific types of protests:

Protesting the Resource Management Plan (RMP) or Land & Resource Management Plan (LRMP)

Protesting Lease Offerings

Protesting Project Approvals or APDs

Further Appeals