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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

Western Watersheds Project v. Schneider

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from implementing its 2019 amendments to plans for oil and gas permitting and licensing on greater sage-grouse habitat in seven states. Environmental groups argued that the six EISs that BLM...

National Audubon Society v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court granted summary judgment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a challenge to the Corps' approval of construction of a terminal groin to mitigate shoreline erosion in a North Carolina town. A conservation group first...

Protect Our Communities Foundation v. LaCounte

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and its approval of an industrial-scale wind facility in southern California. A conservation group argued that BIA improperly relied on...

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. United States Forest Service

A district court preliminarily enjoined the U.S. Forest Service from allowing any timber harvesting, road construction, or other ground-disturbing activities associated with the Service's authorization of a timber sale in Tongass...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Fifth Circuit dismissed environmental groups' challenge to EPA's issuance of a CWA general permit authorizing discharges from oil and gas facilities operating in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental groups argued that EPA violated NEPA...

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma v. Federal Communications Commission

The D.C. Circuit granted in part petitions to vacate a portion of a Federal Communications Commission order that exempted most small cell construction from review under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and NEPA. Native...

Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit upheld FERC's approval of a natural gas pipeline that would run from northern Pennsylvania to Alabama. Environmental groups and landowners argued that FERC violated NEPA by failing to factor downstream greenhouse gas...

Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part a motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from permitting a ranching company to use two grazing allotments that had been authorized by the Secretary of the Interior in response to a presidential pardon of the...

Norwalk Harbor Keeper v. U.S. Department of Transportation

A district court granted summary judgment to DOT, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation in a challenge to the agencies' EA regarding the replacement of a movable railroad bridge in Norwalk...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Ilano

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment for the U.S. Forest Service in a challenge to the Service's designation of at-risk forest lands and its approval of a project aimed to address spreading pine-beetle infestation in previously...

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