A federal judge in Utah has determined that the Department of Interior (DOI) exceeded its statutory authority by withdrawing 77 disputed parcels on Bureau of Land Management lands in a 2008 oiland- gas lease sale. Impact Energy Res. v. Salazar, No. 09435 (D. Utah 8/31/10). The court also ruled that plaintiffs’ claims were time-barred because they failed to file their challenge within 90 days of DOI’s decision to withdraw certain leases from the lease sale after a competitive bidding process. According to the court, the agency’s decision to withdraw the leases ran afoul of the Mineral Leasing Act, which requires DOI to “accept the highest bid from a qualified bidder and issue the lease upon payment.” Unfortunately for plaintiffs, the suit was filed too late.