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NorthMet Project Permit to Mine Application Dated December 2017

A state appellate court reversed the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' decisions to deny petitions for a contested-case hearing and issue mine and dam safety permits for a proposed copper-nickel-platinum mine in northeastern...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court vacated the the U.S. Forest Service's approval of an open-pit copper mining operation in the Coronado National Forest that included the dumping of approximately 1.9 billion tons of mine waste across over 2,000 acres of...

Information Network for Responsible Mining v. Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board

A state appellate court reversed a judgment upholding the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board's order granting a uranium mining company's request for approval of a second period of temporary cessation. Environmental groups argued the...

Newfield Exploration Co. v. North Dakota

A state high court reversed a summary judgment for a natural gas producer in a challenge to the interpretation of leases it entered into with North Dakota. Before the lower court, the producer challenged the North Dakota Department of...

United Steelworkers v. Mine Safety and Health Administration

The D.C. Circuit vacated the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA's) 2018 amendment to a 2017 safety standard that required mine operators to examine areas before miners began work and record any conditions that could adversely...

EQT Production Co. v. Crowder

A state high court affirmed a partial summary judgment for landowners in a challenge to an oil company's use of their land to extract natural gas from neighboring properties. The landowners argued that the company's lease did not allow...

Wildearth Guardians v. Chao

A district court denied the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA's) motion to dismiss a challenge to the agency's pipeline inspection regulations. An environmental group argued that PHMSA's existing...

Kanter Real Estate, LLC v. Department of Environmental Protection

A state appellate court reversed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's order denying an oil and gas permit to a real estate company to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades. The company argued that the...

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...

Bohmker v. Oregon

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment rejecting a mining association's challenge to an Oregon law that prohibits the use of motorized mining equipment in rivers and streams containing essential salmon habitat. The association...

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