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Land Use (generally)

Montana Wildlife Federation v. Bernhardt

A district court vacated BLM's 2018 instruction memorandum (IM) and oil and gas lease sales in Montana and Wyoming issued in reliance on the IM for failing to maintain federal protections for the greater sage-grouse. Environmental...

Champions Retreat Golf Founders, LLC v. Commissioner of IRS

The Eleventh Circuit vacated and remanded the U.S. Tax Court's decision disallowing a charitable deduction for a conservation easement over property that included a private golf course and undeveloped land. The appellate court found...

Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit dismissed a Native American tribe's petition to review a FERC order denying the tribe's motion to intervene in the Commission's proceeding over construction of a natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts. The tribe argued...

Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. v. Osceola, Township of

In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court reversed a lower court decision that ordered a Michigan township to issue a zoning permit to a food and beverage company to construct a well pumping station on agricultural land. The...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted environmental groups' motions for summary judgment in a challenge to BLM's 2017 determination that it did not need to authorize a proposed water pipeline project in southern California because the project fell...

Herrera v. Wyoming

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that a Native American tribal member did not have the right to hunt in Bighorn National Forest because an 1868 treaty granting the right expired when Wyoming became a state. The Court...

Davilla v. Enable Midstream Partners L.P.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court's decision in a challenge to a natural gas pipeline company's expired easement on tribal land. The pipeline company appealed the district court's granting of summary...

Havasupai Tribe v. Provencio

In a modified opinion that withdraws a prior published opinion, the Ninth Circuit found that an environmental group has standing to challenge a uranium mining company's right to operate on land previously withdrawn from new mining...

Western Watersheds Project v. Zinke

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from conducting oil and gas lease sales under the procedures of a new BLM directive. Environmental groups argued that the directive unlawfully constrains environmental review of, and public...

Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township

Pennsylvania's highest court reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a company to drill, construct, develop, and operate unconventional natural gas wells as a conditional use in a district zoned for residential and...

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