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Western Organization of Resource Councils v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A district court held that BLM violated NEPA by failing to adequately consider climate change in the resource management plans (RMPs) for Buffalo, Wyoming, and Miles City, Montana, both located within the coal-rich Powder River Basin....

California v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court enjoined BLM from suspending or delaying the requirements of its waste prevention rule, which was issued to reduce emissions of natural gas from venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and gas production activities on...

Los Padres ForestWatch v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court held that BLM failed to take a "hard look" at the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing with regard to the agency's resource management plan (RMP) for public lands in California's central region. Under the...

Wyoming v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court preliminarily enjoined BLM from enforcing its hydraulic fracturing rule for federal and Native American lands. Various industry, state, and Native American petitioners challenged the rule, arguing that BLM exceeded its...

Western Watersheds Project v. Kenna

The Ninth Circuit upheld BLM's resource management plan (RMP) and EIS for five allotments within the 1.3 million acres of land administered by BLM in Southwestern Arizona and Southeastern California. Environmental groups that wanted to...

Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, LLC v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied an environmental group's motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from issuing oil and gas leases in central and southwest Nevada due to allegedly defective environmental analyses. Although BLM has conducted a lease...

Biodiversity Conservation Alliance v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court held that BLM complied with NEPA and FLPMA when it authorized a uranium mining project in south central Wyoming. BLM, in conjunction with other state and federal agencies, undertook extensive and exhaustive reviews of...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM complied with NEPA and FLPMA when it allowed a uranium mine to resume operations, after a 17-year hiatus, under a plan of operations the agency approved in 1988. Environmental groups argued that the 1988...

Western Watersheds Project v. Salazar

A district court ordered BLM to revise the Craters of the Moon and Pinedale resource management plans (RMPs) to correct deficiencies concerning impacts on the sage-grouse. In an earlier decision, the court held that BLM's EISs for the...

Impact Energy Resources, LLC v. Salazar

The Tenth Circuit upheld the DOI Secretary's decision to rescind 77 oil and gas leases on federal land around national parks in Utah. BLM auctioned the oil and gas leases to energy companies in late 2008 during the last weeks of the...