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Meet the judge at the heart of the West's top energy battles

In just a few weeks, Brian Morris — the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana — has stalled a national permitting program, upheld federal rules on pipeline inspections and tossed out hundreds of oil and gas leases — all in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

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6:05

LAW

Meet the judge at the heart of the West's top energy battles

In just a few weeks, Brian Morris — the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana — has stalled a national permitting program, upheld federal rules on pipeline inspections and tossed out hundreds of oil and gas leases — all in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.