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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Dakota Access

A district court held that the Dakota Access pipeline can continue to operate while the Army Corps of Engineers corrects deficiencies in its EA for the project. In an earlier decision, the court held that the Corps did not adequately...

United States v. Moss

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) safety regulations do not apply to contractors, subcontractors or service providers. The case concerned a fatal explosion during "hot work...

Wyoming v. DOI

The Tenth Circuit dismissed a challenge to a DOI rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, overturning a lower court ruling. In 2015, BLM finalized a fracking regulation that imposed new well construction, testing...

Americans For Clean Energy v. EPA

The D.C. Circuit held that EPA erred in how it interpreted and used the “inadequate domestic supply” waiver in the Renewable Fuel Standard law when setting low renewable fuel volumes for 2014-2016. In December 2015, EPA promulgated a...

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating, LLC

A district court abstained from rendering a decision in a case concerning earthquakes allegedly caused by fracking operations in Oklahoma, choosing to instead defer to the expertise of a state commission. An environmental group brought...

Martinez v. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comm'n

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against the state Oil and Gas Commission's narrow interpretation of its authority to readjust the balance of state oil and gas conservation regulations between the development of oil and gas resources...

Wayne Land and Mineral Group, LLC v. Delaware River Basin Comm'n

A district court upheld the Delaware River Basin Commission's fracking ban against a challenge from a energy company. Upon the Commission's creation, it was codified that no project that had a substantial effect on the water resources...

Fisheries Survival Fund v. Jewell

A district court denied injunctive relief against the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for failure to comply with NEPA in connection with its wind energy leasing. The Bureau leased a nautical area off the coast of New York to an energy...

National Biodiesel Board v EPA

The D.C. Circuit dismissed as untimely a U.S. biofuel trade group’s lawsuit challenging EPA's decision to allow a group of Argentine biofuel producers to use certain recordkeeping practices in connection with sales of their product in...

Marcellus Shale Coalition v. Department of Environmental Protection

A Pennsylvania court preliminarily enjoined the commonwealth from enforcing certain Marcellus Shale drilling regulations pending the outcome of an industry group's lawsuit. The group alleged that the regulations were unreasonable,...

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