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Friends of Animals v. Romero

The Second Circuit affirmed denial of a challenge to NPS' approval of a white-tailed deer management plan for the Fire Island National Seashore. An animal rights group argued that NPS violated NEPA because it lacked information about...

Citizens for a Healthy Community v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court enjoined approved permits and suspended applications for new permits for oil and gas development in Colorado until BLM completes its analysis of reasonably foreseeable indirect impacts. In a previous ruling, the court...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court enjoined the expansion of an underground coal mine into a roadless area in the Gunnison National Forest. Environmental groups argued that OSM's approval of the expansion violated NEPA by failing to consider methane...

Western Watersheds Project v. Schneider

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from implementing its 2019 amendments to plans for oil and gas permitting and licensing on greater sage-grouse habitat in seven states. Environmental groups argued that the six EISs that BLM...

National Audubon Society v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court granted summary judgment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a challenge to the Corps' approval of construction of a terminal groin to mitigate shoreline erosion in a North Carolina town. A conservation group first...

Protect Our Communities Foundation v. LaCounte

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and its approval of an industrial-scale wind facility in southern California. A conservation group argued that BIA improperly relied on...

Applications of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, for a Certificate of Need and Routing Permit for the Proposed Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota From the North Dakota Border to the Wisconsin Border

A state appellate court reversed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's determination that the final EIS for a proposed pipeline replacement project was adequate. Environmental groups argued the final EIS failed to address...

Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment v. Bernhardt

The Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a district court ruling that upheld BLM's approval of oil and gas wells in the Mancos Shale area of the San Juan Basin in northeastern New Mexico. Environmental groups argued that...

Western Watersheds Project v. Grimm

The Ninth Circuit reversed a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by conservation groups to enjoin USDA from killing gray wolves in Idaho pending additional NEPA analysis. The groups argued before the district court that the agency violated...

Conservation Law Foundation v. Ross

A district court denied an environmental group's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to NMFS' approval of a fishery management plan amendment that opened up a portion of the western Gulf of Maine to commercial and recreational...

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