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Weekly Cases Update Volume 49, Issue 30

Western Watersheds Project v. Schneider

49 ELR 20171
1:16-cv-83-BLW (D. Idaho, October 2019)

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from implementing its 2019 amendments to plans for oil and gas permitting and licensing on greater sage-grouse habitat in seven states. Environmental groups argued that the six EISs that BLM issued to amend the plans violated NEPA by failing to...

Discussion of, held inadequate

Wild Virginia v. United States Department of the Interior

49 ELR 20173
19-1866 (4th Cir., October 2019)

The Fourth Circuit granted a motion to stay FWS' issuance of a biological opinion and incidental take statement for a proposed 300-mile natural gas pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, and to hold in abeyance litigation concerning authorization for the pipeline in order to allow...

Biological opinion, §7(b)

County of El Paso, Texas v. Trump

49 ELR 20170
EP-19-CV-66-DB (W.D. Tex., October 2019)

A district court granted a motion to preliminarily enjoin the Trump Administration from using military funds to build portions of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. El Paso County and a nonprofit group argued that the president's proposed plan for funding border barrier construction—...


Ksanka Kupaqa Xa'cin v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

49 ELR 20172
CV 19-20-M-DWM (D. Mont., October 2019)

A district court denied summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning potential harms to local trout populations from a proposed copper and silver mine in Montana. Environmental groups and a Native American tribe argued that FWS violated the ESA by using a habitat surrogate to establish the mine's...

Incidental taking