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Southeast Alaska Conservation Council v. United States Forest Service

A district court vacated a timber harvesting project in Tongass National Forest after previously ruling that the Forest Service violated NEPA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the National Forest Management Act...

Solonex LLC v. Bernhardt

The D.C. Circuit vacated a district court ruling concerning DOI's cancellation of an oil and gas lease in Montana. The leaseholder challenged the Department's cancellation, and the district court ruled in its favor, holding that the...

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...

Wild Watershed v. Hurlocker

The Tenth Circuit upheld the Forest Service's approval of two forest-thinning projects in the Santa Fe National Forest. Environmental groups and individuals argued the Service violated NEPA by failing to adequately consider the projects...

E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. v. Alameda, County of

A district court denied partial summary judgment in a challenge to a county board's decision not to renew two conditional use permits (CUPs) for continued operation of an oil extraction and production facility in Livermore, California....

Stand Up for California! v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part summary judgment for DOI in a challenge to its issuance of secretarial procedures authorizing a Native American tribe to operate a hotel and casino in Madera, California. Nonprofit...

Mountain Communities for Fire Safety v. Elliott

A district court granted summary judgment for the U.S. Forest Service in a challenge to its approval of a tree-thinning and fire mitigation project in the Los Padres National Forest. Conservation groups and nearby residents argued the...

St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court granted summary judgment for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a challenge to its proposal to dredge a portion of a harbor located in the Lower St. Johns River. An environmental group argued that the Corps violated...

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...

Citizens for Clean Energy v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court denied a request to vacate the Trump Administration's decision to lift the Obama Administration's moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands. Environmental groups, tribes, and states argued that BLM's issuance of a...

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