Legal Decisions

Sierra Club v. El Paso Gold Mines

Download the Document: SC v El Paso Gold Mines   PUBLISH UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS TENTH CIRCUIT SIERRA CLUB and MINERAL POLICY CENTER, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. No. 03-1105 EL PASO GOLD MINES, INC., Defendant-Appellant, and MOUNTAIN STATES LEGAL FOUNDA TION, Amicus Curiae. FILED United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit August 24, 2005 PATRICK FISHER … read more »

U.S. v. W.R. Grace

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion that begins: Libby, Montana, sits sixty-five miles south of the Canadian border. The seemingly rustic and picturesque environment of this area masks a troubling history–the community has been plagued with asbestos-related contamination. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) was called in to … read more »

Hells Canyon Preservation v. Forest Service

Judge ruled that the Forest Service was in violation of CWA and NFMA when it authorized 49 mining operations in the North Fork Burnt River Watershed. Download the Document: order on summary judgment   IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF OREGON HELLS CANYON PRESERVATION COUNCIL, EARTHWORKS, and CV. 05-1057-PK NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL … read more »

OHA vs. Battle Mountain Gold

2000 Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board Decision BEFORE THE POLLUTION CONTROL HEARINGS BOARD STATE OF WASHINGTON   OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS ALLIANCE, WASHINGTON ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL, CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY, CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION, and ROGER LORENZ,   Appellants, v. STATE OF WASHINGTON, DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY, and BATTLE MOUNTAIN GOLD COMPANY, Respondent.   … read more »