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Weekly Cases Update Volume 47, Issue 27

Wyoming v. DOI

47 ELR 20116
16-8068 (10th Cir., September 2017)

The Tenth Circuit dismissed a challenge to a DOI rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, overturning a lower court ruling. In 2015, BLM finalized a fracking regulation that imposed new well construction, testing requirements, and chemical disclosure requirements, and...

Energy (generally)

Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA

47 ELR 20117
16-cv-05492-JSW (N.D. Cal., September 2017)

A district court ordered EPA to issue infrastructure requirements for the 2012 fine particulate matter NAAQS for five states within 90 days. In 2015, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island missed their deadlines to present compliance plans for the 2012...

Clean Air Act (CAA)

Columbia Riverkeeper v. Cowlitz City

47 ELR 20118
17-010c (Shoreline Hearings Bd., September 2017)

The Washington state Shorelines Hearing Board denied plans to build a methanol refinery on the Columbia River because the plans failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions. A manufacturing company proposed to manufacture methanol from natural gas supplied by a lateral pipeline, with...

Air (generally)