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Land Use (generally)

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

A district court granted environmental groups' motions for summary judgment in a challenge to BLM's 2017 determination that it did not need to authorize a proposed water pipeline project in southern California because the project fell...

Herrera v. Wyoming

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that a Native American tribal member did not have the right to hunt in Bighorn National Forest because an 1868 treaty granting the right expired when Wyoming became a state. The Court...

Davilla v. Enable Midstream Partners L.P.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court's decision in a challenge to a natural gas pipeline company's expired easement on tribal land. The pipeline company appealed the district court's granting of summary...

Havasupai Tribe v. Provencio

In a modified opinion that withdraws a prior published opinion, the Ninth Circuit found that an environmental group has standing to challenge a uranium mining company's right to operate on land previously withdrawn from new mining...

Western Watersheds Project v. Zinke

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from conducting oil and gas lease sales under the procedures of a new BLM directive. Environmental groups argued that the directive unlawfully constrains environmental review of, and public...

Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township

Pennsylvania's highest court reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a company to drill, construct, develop, and operate unconventional natural gas wells as a conditional use in a district zoned for residential and...

National Parks Conservation Ass'n v. Semonite

A district court dismissed groups' NEPA and CWA claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in connection with its approval of a 17-mile transmission line across the James River near historic Jamestown, Virginia. The Corps took a "...

Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community v. Zinke

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a Native American tribe in a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the DOI's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) from taking a parcel of land into trust for the tribe so it...

Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Sunoco Pipeline L.P.

A Pennsylvania court affirmed a lower court decision dismissing residents' and an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the construction of a natural gas pipeline through a suburban township. The plaintiffs argued that a local...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Dakota Access

A district court held that an energy company must follow additional safety measures operating the Dakota Access pipeline while the environmental impacts of the project are being studied. In an...

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