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M.L. Johnson Family Properties, LLC v. Zinke

A district court upheld a surface coal mining permit issued to a company even though the cotenant objected to any mining on the property. The company cotenant conveyed the right to enter and surface mine coal to an affiliate, but the...

Ohio River Valley Environmental Coalition v. Salazar

The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the OSM's approval of two amendments to West Virginia's surface coal mining regulations. One amendment repeals the definition...

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Norton

The court denies an environmental group's motions challenging the Office of Surface Mining's (OSM's) approval of a West Virginia law amending the alternative bonding system (ABS) requirements under the state's Surface Mining Control and...

Bragg v. West Virginia Coal Ass'n

The court holds that the doctrine of sovereign immunity bars citizens from bringing suit against West Virginia state officials in federal court to enjoin the state from granting mountaintop mining permits. Citizens brought suit against...

West Virginia Mining & Reclamation Ass'n v. Babbitt

A district court holds that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) was not arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise legally inconsistent when it disapproved an amendment to West Virginia's Surface Mining Control and...