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Environmental assessment (EA)

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Bernhardt

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from authorizing construction of a helium drilling project on public lands near the Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness in southeastern Utah. Environmental groups argued BLM violated...

Rocky Mountain Wild v. Bernhardt

A district court remanded BLM's authorization and issuance of 59 leases of public land in the Uinta Basin for oil and gas exploration. Conservation groups challenged BLM's decision on several NEPA grounds and sought to have it vacated....

Bair v. California Department of Transportation

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court ruling that the California Department of Transportation failed to adequately consider the environmental impacts of a proposed highway improvement project in a state park. Residents and...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part nonprofit groups' motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning BLM's review of cumulative climate impacts of oil and gas leases in Wyoming. The groups argued that BLM's supplemental EA prepared in...

Smith v. Tumalo Irrigation District

A district court denied landowners' motion to preliminarily enjoin an irrigation project in central Oregon. The landowners first argued that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) violated NEPA by failing to include in its EA...

Institute for Fisheries Resources v. United States Food and Drug Administration

A district court granted in part and denied in part advocacy and industry groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to FDA's decision to allow a company to create and farm genetically engineered salmon. The groups argued that...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Tennessee Valley Authority

A district court dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) rate change for customers in its seven-state service area. Environmental groups argued that TVA violated NEPA by enacting the rate...

Los Padres ForestWatch v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court denied summary judgment for environmental groups in a challenge to the Forest Service's approval of a tree-thinning project in Los Padres National Forest. The groups argued that the Service violated NEPA by failing to...

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...

Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court vacated an EA and FONSI issued by the Forest Service approving a mining company to explore for gold on public lands near the Idaho-Montana border. Environmental groups previously argued before the court that the Forest...

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