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Mining Companies Fight Tribal and Environmental Groups’ Challenges to an Issued BLM Permit

Constantine Metal Resource Ltd., Alyu Mining Co. Inc., and Haines Mining & Exploration Inc. fought back last Thursday against the Chilkat Indian Village and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s claims that the BLM violated NEPA when it issued Constantine a permit for mineral exploration in Alaska. The environmental and tribal groups believe that the permit allows ...Read More

Environmental Groups File Suit Against BLM Over Lease Sales in Utah and Colorado

This week, Rocky Mountain Wild, the Center for Biological Justice, and other groups filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) asking the court to cancel three recent oil and gas lease sales in Utah and Colorado. The plaintiff environmental groups argued that the BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to ...Read More

Circuit Split: Regulatory Reach of Clean Water Act

On September 24, 2018, the 6th Circuit issued rulings in two cases over the question of how direct a connection there must be between the source of pollution and waters that were allegedly polluted for the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) to apply. The 6th Circuit rulings created a split in the circuits on issue of ...Read More

Federal Judge Reinstates Oil and Gas Leases In National Forest

A federal judge for the D.C. Circuit reinstated two oil and gas leases on Monday, in an area of Montana deemed sacred to the local Blackfeet Tribe. (W.A. Moncrief, Jr. v. U.S. Dep’t of interior (Sept. 24, 2018) D.C. Circuit Civil Case No. 17-609 and Solenex LLC v. Sally Jewell et al. (Sept. 24, 2018) ...Read More

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