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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...

Grand Canyon Trust v. Provencio

A district court granted summary judgment for the Forest Service in a challenge against its determination that a mining company had "valid existing rights" (VER) at a uranium mine in the Kaibab National Forest when DOI withdrew public...

Wildgrass Oil and Gas Committee v. Colorado

A district court dismissed constitutional challenges to Colorado's forced pooling statute, under which property owners were required to allow oil and gas companies to extract their minerals. A group of property owners argued the statute...

Voyageur Outward Bound School v. United States

A district court upheld DOI's renewal of two mineral leases that had previously been rejected for a copper-nickel mine in Superior National Forest. Businesses and environmental groups argued that DOI's authority to reconsider its...

King and Gardiner Farms, LLC v. Kern, County of

In a partially published opinion, a state appellate court set aside Kern County's approval of an ordinance amendment proposed by oil and gas industry groups to streamline the permitting process for new oil and gas wells. Environmental...

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