American Rivers v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 372 F.3d 413 (D.C. Cir. 2004)

Case Summary:

On behalf of American Rivers and Idaho Rivers United, we filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus to compel the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to respond to American Rivers, et al.'s 1997 Petition To Initiate Consultation Under The Endangered Species Act. The 1997 Petition concerned FERC's 11-year failure to engage in "formal consultation" under the Endangered Species Act to insure that the ongoing operations of the Hells Canyon Complex -- a major, three-dam hydropower project on the Snake River in the Pacific Northwest -- do not jeopardize the continued existence of four highly imperiled species of Snake River salmon and steelhead trout. The D.C. Circuit ruled in our favor, ordering FERC to respond to the Petition.

Plaintiffs: American Rivers and Idaho Rivers United

Court: United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit