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Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Burke

The Tenth Circuit dismissed Utah's challenge to a settlement agreement that requires BLM to revise motorized vehicle trails in southern Utah to minimize potential harm to wildlife, cultural, and archaeological sites. Before a district...

United States v. California

A district court declared unconstitutional a California law that regulates the recording of conveyances of federal public lands in the state. DOJ argued that the state law, which grants the State Lands Commission the right of first...

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that an environmental group has standing to challenge a uranium mining company's right to operate on land previously withdrawn from new mining...

Massachusetts Lobstermen's Ass'n v. Ross

A district court upheld President Barack Obama's 2016 proclamation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the New England coast as a marine national monument. Commercial fishing associations argued that the monument exceeded the...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Forest Service

A district court remanded the U.S. Forest Service's decision concerning the management of roads and trails in the Santa Fe National Forest. An environmental group argued that the agency should have considered the effects of forest...

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...

Sierra Club v. United States Department of the Interior

The Fourth Circuit vacated both an incidental take statement issued by FWS and a right-of-way permit issued by the National Park Service (NPS) for construction of a natural gas pipeline that intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway....

Sierra Club, Inc. v. United States Forest Service

The Fourth Circuit vacated and remanded BLM's decision granting a right-of-way through federal land for construction of a pipeline and the U.S. Forest Service's decision to amend the Jefferson National Forest Land Resource Management...

Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club v. United States Forest Service

A district court granted in part and denied in part outdoor groups' motion for summary judgment seeking injunctive relief from the U.S. Forest Service's Travel Plan for the Bitterroot National Forest (Travel Plan), which prohibits...

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...

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