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Sawtooth Mountain Ranch LLC v. United States Forest Service

A magistrate judge declined to preliminarily enjoin the U.S. Forest Service from constructing a recreational trail across private property located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. The property owners argued the Service's...

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...

Birckhead v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit denied a petition to review FERC's decision authorizing the construction and operation of a new natural gas compression facility in Tennessee. Landowners and business owners argued that FERC violated NEPA by failing to...

Applications of Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership, for a Certificate of Need and Routing Permit for the Proposed Line 3 Replacement Project in Minnesota from the North Dakota Border to the Wisconsin Border

A state appellate court reversed the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission's determination that the final EIS for a proposed pipeline replacement project was adequate. Environmental groups argued the final EIS failed to address...

National Parks Conservation Ass'n v. Semonite

The D.C. Circuit granted in part the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' and a power company's request to reconsider a prior court order that vacated a permit for a 17-mile transmission line after finding the Corps failed to prepare an EIS...

Applications for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed NorthMet Project

In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court upheld the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' decision denying a request for the preparation of a supplemental EIS for a proposed copper-nickel-platinum group elements mine....

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...

Friends of the Wild Swan v. Kehr

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a summary judgment for the U.S. Forest Service in a challenge to its proposed logging project in Flathead National Forest. Environmental groups argued that the Service violated the...

Otsego 2000 v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit dismissed an environmental group's petition to review FERC's order granting a certificate to a pipeline company to construct and operate compression facilities for one of its projects. The group argued that FERC was...

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