Montana attorney general works to block WOTUS

In response to a motion filed by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota recently issued a preliminary injunction against the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its final rule redefining Waters of the United States.

According to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, estimates from the similar Obama-era rule would have placed nearly 90% of Montana’s land under the EPA’s jurisdiction.

“This injunction resulting from our lawsuit is welcome relief to Montana farmers and ranchers and workers in mining, energy, and other industries who would be harmed if this unconstitutional rule is allowed to take effect,” Attorney General Knudsen said. “This is just the first step to stopping the overreaching WOTUS rule. I will continue to fight the Biden administration and prevent them from claiming jurisdiction over massive swaths of Montana’s land and water.”