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Rocky Mountain Wild, Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service

The Tenth Circuit held that the Forest Service does not have to fulfill an environmental group's FOIA request for documents created by a third-party contractor related to a land exchange in Colorado. At the center of the case was an...

Havasupai Tribe v. Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's decision rejecting challenges to a mining company's uranium mining rights on public lands around Grand Canyon National Park. In 1988, the Forest Service approved a plan to build and operate...

National Mining Association v. Zinke

The Ninth Circuit rejected challleges to a 2012 DOI decision to withdraw from new uranium mining claims, up to twenty years, over one million acres of land near Grand Canyon National Park. The lands were withdrawn, subject to existing...

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...

Indigenous Environmental Network v. TransCanada Corp.

A district court held that a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL pipeline can continue despite calls from the federal government to dismiss the case. On April 4, 2017, the State Department approved a presidential permit for the pipeline...

Green, City of v. Nexus Gas Transmission, LLC

The Sixth Circuit held that the state of Ohio did not properly analyze the environmental harm of an eight-mile stretch of the Nexus natural gas pipeline or consider alternative routes to avoid the City of Green. The pipeline would run...

Assoc. of Irritated Residents v. Kern County Board of Supervisors

A California appellate court held that a project to modify an oil refinery so it can unload the equivalent of 150,000 barrels of crude oil per day should not proceed until corrections can be made to its state environmental impact report...

Jarita Mesa Livestock Grazing Association v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court held that the Forest Service did not violate NEPA when it reduced grazing permits on federal land in New Mexico. The Jarita Mesa Allotment and the Alamosa Allotment are both within the El Rito Ranger District of Carson...

Olin v. Dakota Access

A district court held that a group of North Dakota property owners could not sue contractors hired to negotiate easements for the Dakota Access pipeline for misrepresentation and fraud. The contractors were hired to obtain easements...

Sturgeon v. National Park Service

The Ninth Circuit held that the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act did not limit the Park Service from applying the hovercraft ban on the Nation River in the Yukon-Charley preserve. A plaintiff sought to use his hovercraft...

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