In Castle Mountain Coalition v. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, several non-profit organizations and the governing body of a federally-recognized Native Village challenged a federal agency’s determination that a state may interpret the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) to require an administrative proceeding be initiated in order to terminate a coal mining permit (rather than automatic termination) when the permit holder fails to commence mining operations within three years of the permit issuance.
Sierra Club v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, ___ F.3d ___ (4th Cir., August 6, 2018)(No. 18-1082, consolidated with No. 18-1083)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
|ELAW Fellow Brice Séverin Pongui spent Saturday at the Oregon Coast. This photo was taken on the beach, near Heceta Head Lighthouse.|
|Photos: Todd Cooper|
In Western Organization of Resource Councils et al v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al, several environmental organizations challenged a federal agency’s approval of revised Resource Management Plans (“RMPs”) for coal development in two areas covering millions of acres of public lands and federal mineral estates within the Powder River Basin.
Join us in extending a warm welcome to new ELAW Fellow Damaris Santana from Mexico!
This week we welcome new ELAW Fellows Juana Bilbano and Delvin Rosalio from Centro por la Justicia y Derechos Humanos de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN).
These Miskito attorneys are fleeing civil unrest on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.
|L to R: Aura Tegria Cristancho and Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer|
New ELAW Fellows arrived yesterday! We are pleased to welcome Aura Tegria Cristancho from Colombia and Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer from Estonia.