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Otsego 2000 v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit dismissed an environmental group's petition to review FERC's order granting a certificate to a pipeline company to construct and operate compression facilities for one of its projects. The group argued that FERC was...

Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Rose

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court's judgment upholding BLM's and the Interior Board of Land Appeals' decisions concerning recreation and travel management plans for motorized vehicle use in the...

Wildearth Guardians v. Conner

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that upheld the U.S. Forest Service's management plan to protect the San Isabel and White River National Forests from insects, disease, and fire, improve wildlife habitat, and maintain...

Wildearth Guardians v. Zinke

A district court granted in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to BLM authorization of oil and gas leasing on federal land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The groups argued that the EAs and FONSIs...

Wildearth Guardians v. Zinke

A magistrate judge ruled in favor of environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM's) approval of a coal mine expansion in southeastern Montana.The...

Weymouth, Massachusetts v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

In an unpublished opinion, the D.C. Circuit dismissed a town's petition to review FERC's issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity under the Natural Gas Act authorizing upgrades to two natural gas pipelines. The town...

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court held that BLM violated NEPA when it issued a FONSI in connection with an energy company's application to drill 16 new gas wells at its natural gas plant in northeastern Utah. Environmental groups alleged that BLM...

Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court held that the U.S. Forest Service violated NEPA in connection with its approval of the "CuMo" project, a five-year mining exploration project located within the Boise National Forest in Idaho. The Forest Service failed...

WildEarth Guardians v. Office of Surface Mining

A district court held that OSM violated NEPA when it approved a mining plan amendment that would expand a coal mine in Montana, and ordered the agency to prepare an updated EA within 240 days. Specifically, the court held that OSM...

Kentucky Riverkeeper, Inc. v. Rowlette

The Sixth Circuit struck down the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' reissuance of nationwide permit 21, which authorizes surface coal mining operations to discharge dredged and fill material into waters of the United States. An...

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