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Wyoming v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court struck down BLM's 2016 rule promulgating new regulations to reduce natural gas waste during oil and gas production activities on federal land and Indian leases. States argued that the rule exceeded BLM's statutory...

Optimus Steel, LLC v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A district court denied a steel mill owner's motion to preliminarily enjoin construction of a gas pipeline in Texas. The owner argued that the Army Corps of Engineers authorized the construction in violation of the CWA, the ESA, and...

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...

Tinian Women Ass'n v. United States Department of the Navy

The Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the U.S. Navy in a challenge to its decisions to relocate troops from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam and construct training facilities on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)....

Wild Virginia v. Council on Environmental Quality

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin or stay a rule issued by CEQ revising the regulations for federal agencies to follow in implementing NEPA. The groups argued that the rule was inconsistent...

Sierra Club v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin further construction of a 429-mile natural gas pipeline in Texas. An environmental group sought to halt work on the pipeline at 129 water crossings, arguing the Army Corps of...

Protecting Our Waters and Environmental Resources v. Stanislaus, County of

The California Supreme Court held that a county's policy of approving permits for new water wells without environmental review violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Conservation groups argued that issuances of the...

Montana Wildlife Federation v. Bernhardt

A district court stayed its previous ruling ordering oil and gas lease sales in Montana and Wyoming to be vacated for failing to maintain federal protections for the greater sage-grouse. Defendants requested that the court stay its...

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...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part and denied in part a motion to vacate BLM's approval of three leases for oil and gas development in southeastern New Mexico. An environmental group argued that BLM violated NEPA by failing to consider...

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