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Weekly Cases Update Volume 46, Issue 33

Rocky Mountain Helium, LLC v. United States

46 ELR 20178
No. 2016-1278 (Fed. Cir., November 2016)

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and remanded in part a lower court decision dismissing a helium extraction company's breach of contract claims against the United States. In 1994, the parties entered a contract under which BLM gave the company the right to extract helium gas from roughly 21,...

BLM lands, Mining

Upstate Citizens for Equality, Inc. v. United States

46 ELR 20177
Nos. 15-1688, -1726 (2d Cir., November 2016)

The Second Circuit upheld the federal government's 2008 decision to take approximately 13,000 acres of land in central New York into trust on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 authorizes the federal government to take land into trust on behalf...

Indian Reorganization Act, Land Use (generally)

Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Department of Environmental Protection

46 ELR 20179
No. 573, (Pa. Commw. Ct., November 2016)

A Pennsylvania court preliminarily enjoined the commonwealth from enforcing certain Marcellus Shale drilling regulations pending the outcome of an industry group's lawsuit. The group alleged that the regulations were unreasonable, violated state law, were void for vagueness, and that the...

Hydraulic Fracturing