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Weekly Cases Update Volume 48, Issue 36

Cowpasture River Preservation Association v. Forest Service

ELR 20204
18-1144 (4th Cir., December 2018)

The Fourth Circuit vacated the U.S. Forest Service's decisions authorizing a natural gas pipeline to be constructed across two national forests. Environmental groups argued that the agency violated the National Forest Management Act when it determined that its amendments to the George Washington...

Environmental impact statement (EIS)

Indigenous Environmental Network v. United States Department of State

ELR 20203
CV-17-29-GF-BMM and CV-17-31-GF-BMM (D. Mont., December 2018)

A district court granted in part and denied in part a pipeline company's motion to amend the court's previous order temporarily enjoining the company from constructing a cross-border oil pipeline known as Keystone XL. The company sought clarification of the injunction to ensure that it could...

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Montanore Minerals Corp. v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality

ELR 20205
ADV-2018-363 (Mont. 1st Jud. Dist., December 2018)

A state court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a mining company challenging the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's labeling of the company's chief executive officer as a "bad actor" under state mining law, effectively prohibiting the company from conducting mining and exploration...