Sierra Club v. Peterson
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
717 F.2d 1409 (1983)
The Sierra Club, a non-profit environmental interest group (plaintiff), challenged in federal court a decision made by R. Max Peterson, in his official capacity as Chief Forester of the U.S. Forest Service (the Service), and others (defendants), to issue oil and gas leases on 247,000 acres of land in Idaho and Wyoming known as the Palisades Further Planning Area (the Area) without an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Approximately 80 percent of the lease permits issued contained a No Surface Occupancy Stipulation (NSO Stipulation) attached to land areas that were “highly environmentally sensitive.” The NSO Stipulations prohibited surface disturbing activity unless approved by the Service. A permit without an NSO Stipulation required the lessee to complete additional paperwork prior to exploratory drilling activities, but was not barred from surface disturbing activity. The district court granted summary judgment for defendants. Sierra Club appealed only with respect to lands leased without an NSO Stipulation.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (MacKinnon, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 724,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 724,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,600 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.