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Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards v. Red River Coal Co., Inc.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a coal company in a lawsuit concerning the company's alleged mine pollution discharges that had been permitted under a CWA permit. Environmental groups argued the company violated SMCRA...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted BLM's motion for voluntary remand in a challenge to the agency's resource management plan (RMP) and EIS for oil and gas leasing in western Colorado. Environmental groups argued that BLM violated NEPA by failing...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court remanded without vacatur BLM's and the Forest Service's authorization of hydraulic fracturing in Wayne National Forest, after previously ruling the agencies violated NEPA when they authorized the activity. The court...

Friends of the Clearwater v. Higgins

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's denial of a motion to preliminarily enjoin a timber harvest and road construction project in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Environmental groups first...

Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for partial summary judgment in a challenge to BLM's decision to cancel a proposed mineral withdrawal of 10 million acres of federal land previously...

Idaho State Snowmobile Ass'n v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court granted in part and denied in part a snowmobile group's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Forest Service's decision to close approximately 72,000 acres in the Sawtooth National Forest to over-snow...

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin construction of a replacement for the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline. Native American tribes and environmental groups challenged the Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a permit...

Sovereign Iñupiat for a Living Arctic v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for an injunction pending appeal of the court's prior ruling denying the groups' motions to enjoin a company from undertaking construction this winter on...

WildEarth Guardians v. United States Forest Service

A district court upheld decisions made by BLM and the Forest Service regarding an oil and gas development project on public lands within the Ashley National Forest. An environmental group argued the agencies violated NEPA and the...

WildEarth Guardians v. Bernhardt

A district court blocked expansion of a Montana surface coal mine, adopting a magistrate judge's findings and recommendations. Environmental groups challenged OSM's updated EA and reissued FONSI for the expansion. The magistrate judge...

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