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Weekly Cases Update Volume 48, Issue 21

California v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR 20122
18-cv-00521-HSG and 18-cv-00524-HSG (N.D. Cal., July 2018)

A district court denied BLM's motion to transfer a lawsuit over BLM's hydraulic fracturing rule from California to Wyoming. The agency argued that moving the lawsuit to Wyoming would avoid potentially conflicting legal precedents between the California and Wyoming district courts and that the...

Venue

Big Bend Conservation Alliance v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

ELR 20121
17-1002 (D.C. Cir., July 2018)

The D.C. Circuit denied an environmental group's petition to review FERC orders authorizing facilities to export natural gas from the United States to Mexico. The group argued that FERC, in addition to exercising jurisdiction over the export facilities at the border, also should have exercised...

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Grain Belt Express Clean Line, LLC v. Public Service Commission

ELR 20123
SC96993 (Mo., July 2018)

Missouri's highest court reversed an order by the Missouri Public Service Commission denying a transmission company's application for a line certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN). The company argued that the Commission erred in denying its application for a line CCN by erroneously...

Energy (generally)

Ass'n of Businesses Advocating Tariff Equity v. Michigan Public Service Commission

ELR 20120
340600 and 340607 (Mich. Ct. App., July 2018)

A Michigan appellate court reversed an order by the Michigan Public Service Commission requiring alternative energy suppliers in the Lower Peninsula to secure in-state generating capacity to ensure reliable electric service. An industry group argued that the Commission exceeded its authority...

Alternative Energy