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Land Use (generally)

Snyder v. Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Supreme Court held that a mineral rights owner may be able to strip mine portions of a state wildlife area. The state and the mineral rights owner entered a contract granting the owner “all mineral rights, including rights of...

“Scarcely a Vestige of Antiquity Remains”: Evaluating the Role of Preservation Easements in Protecting Historic Religious Architecture

Preservation of historic religious architecture has been one of the most controversial areas of regulatory preservation activity. Although regulatory options remain constitutionally permissible, efforts to protect historic religious...

Sierra Club v. Jewell

The D.C. Circuit held that environmental groups have standing to challenge DOI's decision to remove the Blair Mountain Battlefield—the site of a large 1921 coal miner uprising in West Virginia—from the National Register of Historic...

Energy Corp. USA v. Town of Dryden

New York's highest court held that local governments may ban oil and gas production activities, including hydraulic fracturing, through the adoption of local zoning laws. The case arose after two towns enacted zoning laws banning...

Key Operating & Equipment, Inc. v. Hegar

The Supreme Court of Texas held that an oil and gas company may use a road on landowner's property to access its underground mineral rights. The company held an interest oil and gas rights under the landowners' property in addition to...

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

A district court upheld the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's latest land use and development plan for the Lake Tahoe Area Basin, located along the California and Nevada border. The updated plan, issued in 2012, includes the agency's...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court held that environmental groups' NEPA and FLPMA claims against BLM in connection with its decision to lease two coal tracts in Wyoming's Powder River Basin lack merit. The groups alleged that BLM violated the statutes...

Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM did not violate NEPA or FLPMA when it approved the expansion of a gold mine near Nevada's Mount Tenabo. Native American tribes claimed that BLM failed to address mitigation measures specific to...

Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court held that a railroad right-of-way that crossed land the United States conveyed to a family in a 1976 land patent was an easement that was extinguished when the railroad formally abandoned it in 2004, thereby...

Reliance Interests and Takings Liability for Rail-Trail Conversions: Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in a relatively obscure case, Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States. On its face, the case involves an interpretation of the property rights created by...