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Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment v. Bernhardt

A district court dismissed a challenge to BLM's approval of oil and gas drilling permits in the Mancos Shale in New Mexico. An environmental group argued that BLM's approval of the permits violated NEPA by failing to take a "hard look"...

Citizens for Clean Energy v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court denied BLM's motion to stay a challenge to a former Secretary of the Interior's order lifting a moratorium on coal leasing. States, environmental groups, and a Native American tribe had challenged the adequacy of BLM's...

Conservation Congress v. United States Forest Service

A district court granted summary judgment for the Forest Service and FWS in an ongoing dispute over a tree-thinning project in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Conservation groups argued the Forest Service violated NEPA by failing to...

Sierra Club v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

The First Circuit affirmed a district court's denial of a preliminary injunction in a challenge to the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to authorize construction of a segment of an electric transmission line project in Maine....

Natural Resources Defense Council v. McCarthy

The Tenth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a challenge to BLM's decision not to conduct an environmental analysis before re-opening an area in Utah that it had temporarily closed to off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Environmental groups argued...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court remanded without vacatur BLM's and the Forest Service's authorization of hydraulic fracturing in Wayne National Forest, after previously ruling the agencies violated NEPA when they authorized the activity. The court...

Friends of the Clearwater v. Higgins

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's denial of a motion to preliminarily enjoin a timber harvest and road construction project in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Environmental groups first...

Idaho State Snowmobile Ass'n v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court granted in part and denied in part a snowmobile group's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Forest Service's decision to close approximately 72,000 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest to over-snow...

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Bernhardt

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from authorizing construction of a helium drilling project on public lands near the Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness in southeastern Utah. Environmental groups argued BLM violated...

Rocky Mountain Wild v. Bernhardt

A district court remanded BLM's authorization and issuance of 59 leases of public land in the Uinta Basin for oil and gas exploration. Conservation groups challenged BLM's decision on several NEPA grounds and sought to have it vacated....

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