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Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt

A district court remanded without vacatur oil and gas lease sales approved by BLM in greater sage-grouse habitat in Montana and Wyoming. Conservation groups argued BLM violated NEPA by failing to consider their proposed alternative of...

Western Watersheds Project v. U.S. Sheep Experiment Station

A magistrate judge granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to USDA's decision to allow sheep used for its research service to graze in the Centennial Mountains. Environmental...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

The Ninth Circuit vacated the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) approval of an offshore drilling and production facility in the Beaufort Sea. Environmental groups argued that BOEM violated NEPA by arbitrarily and capriciously...

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. United States Forest Service

A district court vacated a timber harvesting project in Tongass National Forest after previously ruling that the Forest Service violated NEPA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the National Forest Management Act...

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. United States Forest Service

A district court held that the Forest Service violated NEPA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) when it authorized timber harvesting in the Tongass National Forest...

Citizens for a Healthy Community v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court enjoined approved permits and suspended applications for new permits for oil and gas development in Colorado until BLM completes its analysis of reasonably foreseeable indirect impacts. In a previous ruling, the court...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court enjoined the expansion of an underground coal mine into a roadless area in the Gunnison National Forest. Environmental groups argued that OSM's approval of the expansion violated NEPA by failing to consider methane...

Western Watersheds Project v. Schneider

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...

Applications of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, for a Certificate of Need and Routing Permit for the Proposed Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota From the North Dakota Border to the Wisconsin Border

A state appellate court reversed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's determination that the final EIS for a proposed pipeline replacement project was adequate. Environmental groups argued the final EIS failed to address...

Western Watersheds Project v. Grimm

The Ninth Circuit reversed a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by conservation groups to enjoin USDA from killing gray wolves in Idaho pending additional NEPA analysis. The groups argued before the district court that the agency violated...