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Voyageur Outward Bound School v. United States

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to reconsider its prior decision in a lawsuit concerning DOI's renewal of mining leases for a proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The groups argued new evidence...

Louisiana v. Biden

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to intervene in a lawsuit concerning the president's Executive Order pausing new oil and gas lease sales on public lands. The groups maintained that their interests might not be...

NorthMet Project Permit to Mine Application Dated December 2017

The Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court ruling reversing a permit to mine and dam-safety permits for a copper-nickel mine in Minnesota. Environmental groups and a Native American tribe challenged...

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards v. Red River Coal Co., Inc.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a coal company in a lawsuit concerning the company's alleged mine pollution discharges that had been permitted under a CWA permit. Environmental groups argued the company violated SMCRA...

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition v. Caperton

A district court denied a motion to dismiss a challenge to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's failure to notify the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) of a significant change to the...

Earthworks v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to two mining-related rules issued by BLM. The groups argued that the 2008 Mining Claim Rule violated the General Mining Law and FLPMA by...

Wyoming v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court struck down BLM's 2016 rule promulgating new regulations to reduce natural gas waste during oil and gas production activities on federal land and Indian leases. States argued that the rule exceeded BLM's statutory...

Montana Wildlife Federation v. Bernhardt

A district court stayed its previous ruling ordering oil and gas lease sales in Montana and Wyoming to be vacated for failing to maintain federal protections for the greater sage-grouse. Defendants requested that the court stay its...

California v. Bernhardt

A district court vacated the Trump Administration's rescission of the Obama Administration's Waste Prevention Rule, which was enacted to reduce methane waste from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands. California, New Mexico...

United States Forest Service v. Cowpasture River Preservation Ass'n

The U.S. Supreme Court held, 7-2, that the Forest Service had authority under the Mineral Leasing Act (MLA) to issue a special use permit that granted a right-of-way for a segment of a natural gas pipeline to be constructed beneath the...

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