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Wyoming v. United States Department of Interior

A district court struck down BLM's rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and Native American lands. Although FLPMA authorizes BLM to take any action necessary to prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the lands by...

EQT Production Co. v. Wender

A district court held that West Virginia law preempts a county's ban on wastewater disposal wells. The ordinance effectively outlaws horizontal drilling anywhere in the county. It establishes a general, countywide ban on all storage of...

Protect Our Communities Foundation v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit upheld BLM's decision to grant a right-of-way allowing a wind energy project to be built and operated on federal lands in southeast San Diego County. Community groups argued that BLM violated NEPA, the Migratory Bird...

Should the United States Create Trading Markets for Energy Efficiency?

For over 30 years, the United States has deployed an effective set of policies to promote energy efficiency, including appliance standards, information disclosure requirements, auto fuel economy standards, building codes, and tax...

Oregon Natural Desert Ass’n v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM’s approval of a wind-energy development project in southeastern Oregon failed to adequately address impacts to the greater sage grouse in violation of NEPA. The challenged project entails the construction...

Dewey Home & Investment Properties, LLC v. Delaware Riverkeeper Network

A Pennsylvania court dismissed developers' lawsuit against environmental activists and township residents for alleged tortious interference with contract with respect to a series of oil and gas leases. In an underlying suit, the...

Citizens v. Graham

The Florida Supreme Court held that the state's public utility commission exceeded its statutory rate-setting authority when it allowed an electric company to use customer money to recover costs incurred investing in a shale gas...

Longmont v. Colorado Oil & Gas Ass'n,

The Supreme Court of Colorado held that state law preempts a city's ban on hydraulic fracturing and waste disposal within city limits. The Colorado Constitution recognizes the sovereignty of "home rule cities," meaning that in matters...

Fort Collins v. Colorado Oil & Gas Ass'n

The Supreme Court of Colorado held that state law preempts a city's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and waste disposal within city limits. Although the Colorado Constitution recognizes the sovereignty of "home rule cities...

Noble Energy, Inc. v. Jewell

The D.C. Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, upheld a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) after it ordered an energy company to permanently plug and abandon one...