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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...

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

A district court ordered BLM and environmental groups to agree on a remedy for BLM's failure to address impacts from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its NEPA review for oil and gas development in Colorado. The groups argued that BLM...

Appalachian Voices v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

In an unpublished opinion, the D.C. Circuit denied environmental groups' petitions to review FERC's issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The groups argued that...

Indigenous Environmental Network v. United States Department of State

A district court temporarily enjoined a pipeline company from constructing a cross-border oil pipeline known as Keystone XL. Environmental groups argued that the State Department violated NEPA when it approved Keystone XL, by failing to...

Wilderness Workshop v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted in part environmental groups' request for judicial review of BLM's resource management plan (RMP) for an area in the Colorado River Valley. The groups argued that the agency failed to consider the severity and...

Audubon Society of Portland v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court upheld the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' and FWS' management plan, EIS, and associated permits authorizing the “take,” or killing, of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary, even though the agencies...

Desert Protective Council v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that BLM complied with NEPA and FLPMA in allowing the construction of a utility-scale...

Openlands v. United States Department of Transportation

A district court held that the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA's) record of decision (ROD) and EIS for a proposed tollroad project between Indiana and Illinois violated NEPA. The EIS stated that the purpose and need for the...

Big Thorne Project

A district court upheld the U.S. Forest Service's approval of the Big Thorne Project in the Tongass National Forest, thereby allowing the logging of approximately 6,186 acres of old growth forest and construction of 46.1 miles of new...

Grunewald v. Jarvis

The D.C. Circuit upheld the National Park Service's (NPS') deer management plan for Rock Creek National Park in Washington, DC. The plan involves the killing of white-tailed deer to reduce the herd to an ecologically sustainable level....