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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"...

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....

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In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's denial of a motion to preliminarily enjoin a timber harvest and road construction project in the Idaho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

Bair v. California Department of Transportation

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that the California Department of Transportation failed to adequately consider the environmental impacts of a proposed highway improvement project in a state park. Residents and...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part nonprofit groups' motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning BLM's review of cumulative climate impacts of oil and gas leases in Wyoming. The groups argued that BLM's supplemental EA prepared in...

Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court vacated an EA and FONSI issued by the Forest Service approving a mining company to explore for gold on public lands near the Idaho-Montana border. Environmental groups previously argued before the court that the Forest...

WildEarth Guardians v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A district court vacated 287 oil and gas leases that BLM issued on 145,000 acres of federal land in Montana. Environmental groups argued that the agency violated NEPA by failing to consider the leases' impacts on groundwater from...

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