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Native American Groups Sue To Stop Solar Projects

BLYTHE, Calif. - (AP) Native Americans are clashing with the federal government over plans to fast-track approval and construction of massive solar energy projects that the Indians fear will harm sacred and culturally significant sites in Western deserts. Recent lawsuits by two native groups pose a threat...

Utah Suing Federal Government Over Wilderness Plan

SALT LAKE CITY - (AP) The state of Utah filed a lawsuit Friday against the federal government over an Obama administration plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert called the plan a "midnight ambush." He...

Wyoming Associations Ask Idaho Federal Court To Rule In Land Lockup Lawsuit

Two Wyoming associations on May 9 urged an Idaho federal district court to grant partial summary judgment in a lawsuit by an environmental group to lock up tens of millions of acres of federal land in six western States. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Petroleum Association of Wyoming urged...

Litigation For And Against Solar Power In California

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place ever more plant and animal species at risk of...

Miners Seek Final Judgment on Withdrawal Law

DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members, which had argued that a federal law used to lock-up a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona is unconstitutional, on June 12 sought final judgment from an Arizona federal district court...

Montana Museum Demands Return of Its Property

DENVER - A Montana man who has battled the federal government and its lawyers for years and is now represented by a nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation known as a defender of Americans’ right to own and use property on June 21 demanded the return of property taken from him. Mountain States...