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Native Village of Nuiqsut v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied a request to invalidate BLM's approval of exploratory drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). Environmental groups and a Native village first argued that BLM's EA failed to account for...

Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court granted in part and denied in part a motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a mining company's permit to explore for gold in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest....

Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit upheld FERC's approval of a natural gas pipeline that would run from northern Pennsylvania to Alabama. Environmental groups and landowners argued that FERC violated NEPA by failing to factor downstream greenhouse gas...

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In an unpublished opinion, the D.C. Circuit dismissed a town's petition to review FERC's issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity under the Natural Gas Act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

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