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WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part and denied in part a motion to vacate BLM's approval of three leases for oil and gas development in southeastern New Mexico. An environmental group argued that BLM violated NEPA by failing to consider...

American Wild Horse Campaign v. Bernhardt

The Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for BLM in a challenge to the agency's "geld and release" plan for wild horses in northeastern Nevada. An animal rights group argued that BLM violated NEPA by failing to prepare an EIS for the...

California v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court upheld BLM's rule that repealed a 2015 rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on federal and tribal lands. California argued that BLM's rationale that the 2015 rule was duplicative of state and tribal...

Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance v. United States Department of the Interior

The Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment for NPS in a lawsuit concerning acceptable activities on land acquired by Wisconsin through the Federal Land to Parks Program for recreational use. An environmental group argued that NPS'...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment against BLM for lease sales in 2017. The groups argued that BLM failed to fully consider numerous and foreseeable environmental impacts of the leases as required...

Grand Canyon Trust v. Williams

A district court upheld a U.S. Forest Service decision allowing a uranium mine to renew operations near the Grand Canyon National Park. In January 2012, DOI withdrew approximately 633,547 acres of public lands and 360,002 acres of...

Kentucky Coal Ass'n v. Tennessee Valley Authority

A district court held that TVA did not violate NEPA when it decided to replace two coal-fired power generators with a natural gas-fueled power generating plant. TVA was replacing the generators to comply with mercury and air toxics...

Save Strawberry Canyon v. U.S. Department of Energy

A district court held that DOE complied with NEPA when it determined that the construction of a "supercomputer" project on a college campus would have no significant environmental impact and did not require an EIS. The EA took a hard...

New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection v. NRC

The Third Circuit held that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) need not examine the environmental impact of a hypothetical terrorist attack on a nuclear power facility during its review of an application to relicense that facility...

Ka Makani 'O Kohala Ohana Inc. v. Water Supply, Dep't of, County of Haw.

The court affirms a district court decision that the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS') and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) participation in a Hawaii Department of Water Supply (DWS) transmission project did not...