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Cook Inlet Keeper v. State

The court reverses and remands the state's final consistency determination under the Alaska Coastal Management Act (ACMA) approving the installation and operation of a new offshore exploratory drilling platform in the Cook Inlet. In...

Lakosh v. Alaska Dep't of Envtl. Conservation

The court holds that two state regulations for determining whether an oil facility's oil discharge and prevention contingency plan provides for the use of best available technology are inconsistent with a statutory best available...

Akootchook v. United States

The court holds that the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) may require applicants for land allotments under the Alaska Native Allotment Act (ANAA) to prove personal use and occupancy independent of immediate family members prior to...

Alaska v. United States

The court holds that title to the bed of the Kukpowruk River in Alaska did not pass from the federal government to the state of Alaska when Alaska became a state in 1959. In public land order (PLO) 82 issued in 1943, the federal...

Bethel Native Corp. v. Department of the Interior

The court holds that the Eleventh Amendment does not bar the U.S. third-party claim against the state of Alaska for equitable apportionment of damages alleged in a Federal Tort Claims Act action brought by a Native American tribe...

Parks Hiway Enters., L.L.C. v. CEM Leasing, Inc.

The court holds that a gasoline distributor is not liable for groundwater contamination caused by a service station's leaking underground storage tanks (USTs). The owner of property adjacent to the service station filed suit against the...

Native Village of Eklutna v. Board of Adjustment for the Municipality of Anchorage

The court holds that a state zoning board failed to properly consider the historical significance of an area before granting a granite mining operation a conditional use permit, and, therefore, the permit is vacated. A Native American...

Greenpeace v. National Marine Fisheries Serv.

The court holds that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by failing to prepare a biological opinion (BO) that properly addressed how the North Pacific fishery management plans (FMPs)...

Moore v. State

The court holds that the Alaska mining commissioner permissibly nullified the mining rights acquired by a mining claims locator on state-selected federal lands. The court first holds that the commissioner did not err in finding that the...

Kodiak Island Borough v. Exxon Corp.

The court reverses a trial court decision granting an oil company's summary judgment motion to dismiss cities' claims for the value of municipal services that were diverted to cleanup efforts following the Exxon Valdez oil...