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Sixth District Upholds County Approval of Environmentally Superior Alternative for Residential Project in Unpublished Decision

The Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld the County
of Monterey’s certification of an EIR for a residential project in the
unpublished decision Carmel Valley Association, Inc. v. County of Monterey
(Cal. Ct. App., May 19, 2021, No. H046187) 2021 WL 1999807. The case had a long
history, as the original project application was filed in 2004 and deemed
complete ...Read More

North Dakota Joins the Fight Opposing the Biden Administration’s War against the Oil and Gas Industry

The State of North Dakota (“State”) filed a complaint on July
7, 2021 (“Complaint”), in the United States District Court for the District of
North Dakota (Case No. 1:21-cv-00148-DMT-CRH) regarding the Biden
Administration’s cancellation of oil and gas lease sales within the State. The
State named in the Complaint the United States Department of the Interior, the
Secretary of the ...Read More

Ninth Circuit Upholds Forest Service Grazing Permits Challenged Under NFMA

In the case Oregon Natural Desert Association v.
United States Forest Service (9th Cir. 2020) 957 F.3d 1024, the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals considered the issuance of grazing permits, grazing
permit modifications, and annual operation instructions (AOIs) issued by the
U.S. Forest Service on seven allotments in a national forest. Environmental
organizations, including Center for Biological Diversity challenged the ...Read More

Biden Administration Launches Another Attack on the Oil and Gas Industry

In furtherance of the Biden Administration’s on-going war
against the oil and gas and mining industries, the Secretary of the Interior
(“Secretary”) issued Order No. 3401 (“Order”) on June 1, 2021. The Order was
issued pursuant to Section 4(a) of Executive Order 13990 (Jan. 25, 2021), which
placed a temporary moratorium on all activities of the federal government
relating to ...Read More

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