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Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Comm'n

The D.C. Circuit dismissed environmental groups' petition challenging FERC's decision authorizing a liquefied natural gas company to redesign its terminal in Texas to support export operations. The groups argued that FERC's analysis of...

Protect Our Communities Foundation v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit upheld BLM's decision to grant a right-of-way allowing a wind energy project to be built and operated on federal lands in southeast San Diego County. Community groups argued that BLM violated NEPA, the Migratory Bird...

New York v. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit denied several states', environmental groups', and Native Americans' petitions for review challenging an NRC rule and generic EIS concerning the continued, and possibly indefinite, storage of spent fuel from nuclear...

Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM’s approval of a wind-energy development project in southeastern Oregon failed to adequately address impacts to the greater sage grouse in violation of NEPA. The challenged project entails the construction...

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Ass'ns v. United States Department of Interior

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court decision dismissing fishermen's NEPA claims against the Bureau of Reclamation in connection with its approval of eight interim two-year...

Mukilteo v. U.S. Department of Transportation

The Ninth Circuit denied a petition challenging the FAA's decision that no EIS was necessary to commence operating commercial passenger service at an industrial airport near Everett, Washington. The FAA prepared an EA, but chose not to...

Idaho Wool Growers v. Vilsack

The Ninth Circuit upheld the U.S. Forest Service's decision to close to domestic sheep grazing approximately 70% of allotments on which grazing had been permitted in the Payette National Forest in Idaho. The Forest Service's decision...

Friends of Tahoe Forest Access v. United States Department of Agriculture

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, upheld the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow motorized vehicles on just 62 of 869 miles of user-created roads and trails in the Tahoe National Forest. To implement the 2005 Travel...

Black Warrior Riverkeeper v. Alabama Department of Transportation

A district court, in a 126-page opinion, dismissed environmental groups' NEPA lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Highway Administration in connection with a...

Anglers Conservation Network v. Pritzker

A district court ordered NMFS to take a "hard look" at the environmental impacts of its definition of "fishery" with regard to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish fishery management plan (FMP) and whether river herring and shad...