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Weekly Cases Update Volume 46, Issue 32

Juliana v. United States

46 ELR 20175
6:15-cv-01517 (D. Or., November 2016)

A district court adopted a magistrate judge's recommendations and denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of young people against the U.S. government for failing to protect them from climate change. The...

Climate Change (generally), Constitutional Law

Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

46 ELR 20174
15-1133 (D.C. Cir., November 2016)

The D.C. Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, denied an environmental group's petition for review challenging FERC's approval of a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Texas. The group argued that FERC violated NEPA in its consideration of the projects’ indirect and cumulative effects. But...

Energy resource projects, Natural Gas Act

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

46 ELR 20176
14-15998, -16513 (9th Cir., November 2016)

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of environmental groups' lawsuit challenging the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's EIS for its updated land use plan. Applying a standard similar to the standard for evaluating an EIS under NEPA, the court held that the EIS and update adequately addressed...

Environmental Assessment/Impact Statement, Land Use (generally)