A federal judge dismissed the case of a lawsuit an energy company brought over the government’s cancellation of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area, about two and a half months after a settlement was reached in the case.

Wilderness Workshop staff attorney Peter Hart said in a news release that the dismissal of the case in a Sept. 4 order by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn “is another day to celebrate in our long campaign to protect the Divide.”

From the standpoint of SG Interests, the company that brought the suit and notified Blackburn on Aug. 31 that it was dropping the litigation, the case’s dismissal and closure apparently mean that the government has finished paying the $1.5 million it had promised to pay SG under the settlement agreement.

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