Pipeline Construction

A federal judge in Montana revised his April ruling blocking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Nationwide Permit 12, a key permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would have allowed construction across hundreds of rivers and streams along its route. The permit still cannot be used to construct new pipelines but can be used to approve utility work, and maintenance and repair work on existing pipelines. 

Read more

US Delays Oil Pipeline Approvals After Court Ruling

The Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives say could slow or halt numerous infrastructure projects due to environmental concerns.

Read more

Walmart and Wetlands

The Oregon Supreme Court upheld a determination that the Department of State Lands impermissibly issued a permit allowing Walmart to fill wetlands on private property in order to build a new store, ruling the record lacks a finding about whether or not the project will interfere with the state’s policy of preserving its waters for public purposes.

Read more

Judge Won’t Fast-Track Permits for Importing Elephant Trophies

Pointing to the strain on government resources during the coronavirus outbreak, a federal judge refused Thursday to expedite the issuance of permits that would allow hunters to import the body parts of African elephants shot for sport into the U.S.

Read more

Ficheras

An appeals court in Texas upheld a ruling in favor of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s decision to cancel a bar’s alcoholic beverage permit based on the presence of “ficheras,” who are women that sit with male customers at bars, get them to buy a drink for an inflated price, and receive a ticket or cash from the bar for each drink they help sell.

Read more