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Hydraulic Fracking Blog

Hydraulic Fracking Blog

Covers the issues surrounding shale and hydraulic fracturing--commonly known as fracking. By Barclay Nicholson of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.

http://fracking.nortonrosefulbright.com/
  • Jan 28

    Wyoming to strengthen chemical disclosure requirements for fracking operation

    Wyoming to strengthen chemical disclosure requirements for fracking operation
    The Wyoming Public Records Act (WPRA) requires that oil and gas companies disclose information about the chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing operations. Specifically, companies must disclose the type of chemical used, the…
  • Jan 23

    Another local fracking ban invalidated

    Another local fracking ban invalidated
    Throughout the country, supporters and opponents of local fracking bans have engaged in a fierce debate over the legality of such legislation. Indeed, suits have been filed in California, Colorado, New York, Texas, and West Virginia to…
  • Jan 20

    White House announces new plan to reduce methane emission

    White House announces new plan to reduce methane emission
    Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced its plan to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry 40 to 45 percent by 2025. As currently constituted, the plan will involve efforts from multiple agencies, including the…
Rank this Week: 1063

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
  • Jan 28

    Blog Post: Enviros Criticize EPA's Delay Of Power Plant Emissions Rule

    Blog Post: Enviros Criticize EPA's Delay Of Power Plant Emissions Rule
    A coalition of national and regional environmental groups including Greenpeace USA and the Center for Biological Diversity accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of caving to special interests by delaying the…
  • Jan 28

    Blog Post: Is Your Business Prepared for a Crisis?

    Blog Post: Is Your Business Prepared for a Crisis?
    A crisis can destroy a business’s reputation and bottom line. A crisis can come from anywhere: a surprise EPA, OSHA, or other regulatory inspection, a natural disaster, or a man-made catastrophe like the West, Texas fertilizer plant…
  • Jan 28

    Blog Post: Law Profs Ask To Weigh In On EPA Emissions Rule Row

    Blog Post: Law Profs Ask To Weigh In On EPA Emissions Rule Row
    A group of law professors have asked the D.C. Circuit to allow them to file an amicus brief backing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, saying the agency is…
Rank this Week: 1287

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Jan 28

    A PIAEE Winner’s Path Forward

    A PIAEE Winner’s Path Forward
    By Gerry Reymore Greetings from Vermont! The snow is falling and the temperature is a chilly 20 degrees. As a teacher, I’m busy starting the second half of the school year. If your school is anything like ours, you don’t have time…
  • Jan 27

    All Dried Up – Advice for Drought-Impacted Water Utilitie

    All Dried Up – Advice for Drought-Impacted Water Utilitie
    By Bailey Kennett Born and raised in upstate New York, the idea of drought was pretty foreign to me. Some summers were dry, and maybe our backyard veggies didn’t do so well, but after some disappointment, we’d just cross our…
  • Jan 27

    11 Sports Teams and Leagues That Have Gone Green

    11 Sports Teams and Leagues That Have Gone Green
                        By Carly Carroll It’s a big week in sports. Folks are getting ready for the big game, and if you’re a hockey fan, there’s a lot of excitement out on the…
Rank this Week: 242

Switchboard

Switchboard

Covers global warming, energy and climate issues, pollution and oil dependence. From the Natural Resources Defense Council.

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
Rank this Week: 1069

Great Lakes Environment

Great Lakes Environment

Covers Great Lakes restoration, invasive species, toxics, diversions and overall management. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

http://greatlakesenvironment.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Climate affects how the Great Lakes grow and flow

    Climate affects how the Great Lakes grow and flow
    <> Climate affects how the Great Lakes grow and flow - New climate projections suggest increases in maximum and minimum daily temperatures in the Lake Michigan basin by as much as 8 degrees by …
  • Jan 27

    Great Lakes Fishery Commission Hosts Workshop to Explore Lampricide Resistance

    Great Lakes Fishery Commission Hosts Workshop to Explore Lampricide Resistance
    <> Great Lakes Fishery Commission Hosts Workshop to Explore Lampricide Resistance and the Development of Next Generation Lampricides -  GLC convened a first-of-its-kind workshop recently…
  • Jan 26

    Moves afoot to ban microbeads from personal care product

    Moves afoot to ban microbeads from personal care product
    <> Moves afoot to ban microbeads from personal care products - Tiny plastic beads in personal care products are showing up in the Great Lakes and other water bodies amid growing worries about the…
Rank this Week: 2439

Environmental - Appeals Court

Environmental - Appeals Court

Summarizes environmental decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc. (WIMS).

http://environmentalappealscourt.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Sierra Club v. ICG Hazard, LLC

    Sierra Club v. ICG Hazard, LLC
    <> Sierra Club v. ICG Hazard, LLC – 1/27/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Case No. 13-5086. Appealed from the United States District Court for the Eastern…
  • Jan 28

    Black Mesa Water Coalition v. Jewell (DOI)

    Black Mesa Water Coalition v. Jewell (DOI)
    <> Black Mesa Water Coalition v. Jewell (DOI) – 1/26/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 12-16980. Plaintiffs sought costs and expenses, including attorney's…
  • Jan 26

    Visteon Corporation v. National Union Fire Insurance

    Visteon Corporation v. National Union Fire Insurance
    <> Visteon Corporation v. National Union Fire Insurance - 1/23/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Case No. 14-2725. Visteon, a large manufacturer of automotive parts, with…
Rank this Week: 863

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

Provides national and international environmental law news. By Waste Information & Management Services, Inc. (WIMS).

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 28

    Case Update: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency

    Case Update: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency
    <> Case Update: Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency - In the U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 14-46. - Issue: Whether U.S. EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs in …
  • Jan 27

    Keystone Vote Fails in Senate

    Keystone Vote Fails in Senate
    <> Keystone Vote Fails in Senate - A key vote to advance legislation green-lighting the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline failed 53-39 in the Senate on Monday; A second attempt at advancing…
  • Jan 26

    President Obama Calls on Congress to Protect Arctic Refuge as Wilderne

    President Obama Calls on Congress to Protect Arctic Refuge as Wilderne
    <> President Obama Calls on Congress to Protect Arctic Refuge as Wilderness - President Obama announced plans to ask Congress to designate core areas of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge…
Rank this Week: 539

Endangered Species and Wetlands…

Endangered Species and Wetlands Report

Covers the Endangered Species Act, wetlands and takings law. By Steve Davies.

http://www.eswr.com/
  • Jan 28

    Complying with judge’s order, EPA takes do-nothing approach to proposed Pebble determination

    Complying with judge’s order, EPA takes do-nothing approach to proposed Pebble determination
    EPA has sent the following notice to the Federal Register for publication: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-R10-OW-2014-0505; FRL-9922-23-Region-10] Notice of Status Update on the Proposed Determination for the Pebble Deposit Area,…
  • Jan 28

    Some reaction to Obama Admin’s offshore leasing proposal

    Some reaction to Obama Admin’s offshore leasing proposal
    Here’s some coverage of and reaction to the offshore leasing proposal announced by the Interior Department Tuesday, Jan. 27: Interior’s Proposed Offshore Leasing Plan Will Place New Restrictions on Exploration of Alaska’s…
  • Jan 27

    CBD blasts offshore leasing proposal

    CBD blasts offshore leasing proposal
    The Center for Biological Diversity issued a press release shortly after the Interior Department announced its offshore drilling proposal for 2017-2022. Here’s the release, pasted below: Obama Plan Will Open Arctic and Atlantic Oceans…
Rank this Week: 1498

The Remediation Wire

The Remediation Wire

Covers environmental news, laws, regulations, and upcoming events. By Marc D. Policastro and Andrew B. Robins.

http://www.remediationwire.com
Rank this Week: 3790

Environmental Crimes Blog

Environmental Crimes Blog

Covers environmental crimes and enforcement, from pre-trial to trial strategy. By Walter D. James III.

http://environmentalblog.typepad.com/environmental_crimes_blog/
  • Jan 28

    When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box

    When it Comes to FOIA, Think Outside The Box
    Here is a case worth reading: Competitive Enterprise Institute, et al. v. National Security Agency, Civil Action No. 14-975, In the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Competitive Enterprise Institute and two other…
  • Dec 19

    USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Result

    USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Result
    On December 18, 2014, the USEPA released its annual enforcement and compliance report. According to the report, in fiscal year 2014, the USEPA criminal program generated $63,000.000.00 in fines and restitution, secured $16,000,000.00 in…
  • Dec 17

    John Cruden

    John Cruden
    John Cruden has finally been confirmed as the new Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. In his statement announcing the confirmation, Eric Holder praised John: “John has already devoted more than…
Rank this Week: 754

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Jan 28

    Clean Air Watch to EPA on Smog: We Deserve the Right to Know When the Air is Unsafe to Breathe

    Clean Air Watch to EPA on Smog: We Deserve the Right to Know When the Air is Unsafe to Breathe
    Testimony of Frank O’Donnell, President, Clean Air WatchU.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing on ozone, Arlington, TX January 29, 2015GOOD MORNING. I AM FRANK O’DONNELL, PRESIDENT OF CLEAN AIR WATCH, A NATIONAL NON-PROFIT…
  • Jan 26

    Six Things That Green Companies Do Differently; The Everyday Practices That Set Them Apart

    Six Things That Green Companies Do Differently; The Everyday Practices That Set Them Apart
    Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest submissions of pieces we think might be of general interest.  Today's article is by Jon Wikstrom Every green company strives to help the environment. They consider it as a sense of…
  • Dec 22

    Why Every Family Should Use Green Energy

    Why Every Family Should Use Green Energy
    (Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest posts of possible interest to readers.  Today's post is a freelance article from Gemma Burton)If every family decided to use green energy for their home, they would cut down on…
Rank this Week: 1129

Law of the Land

Law of the Land

A blog on land use law and Zoning by Albany Law School Associate Dean and Professor Patricia Salkin.

http://lawoftheland.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 777

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

Covers environmental law and policy. By Berkeley Law and UCLA Law.

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Jan 27

    Renowned Scholar Jim Salzman to Join UCLA Law, UCSB Bren School Facultie

    Renowned Scholar Jim Salzman to Join UCLA Law, UCSB Bren School Facultie
    I am thrilled to share the news that  Jim Salzman is moving west to join the faculties of the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and  UCLA School of Law.  Jim is  currently the Samuel Mordecai Professor at Duke Law…
  • Jan 26

    Solar Tariff Wars Heat Up

    Solar Tariff Wars Heat Up
    States that have helped boost rooftop solar installations through so-called net metering policies are beginning to scale back their subsidies under pressure from utilities.   As ClimateWire reported today (here’s the link but…
  • Jan 26

    Zero Trash

    Zero Trash
    This post is cross-posted on EcoPerspectives, the environmental law and policy blog of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. Let’s talk trash. Human-generated stuff that ends up in the ocean, termed “marine debris” or…
Rank this Week: 244

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

Features environmental law updates on climate change, compliance, and pesticides. By Dianne Saxe.

http://envirolaw.com
  • Jan 27

    Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again

    Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again
    The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (2014 COA). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to…
  • Jan 26

    Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill

    Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill
    In January of 2013, Shell Canada allegedly spilled “flare liquids”, similar to gasoline, from its refinery in Sarnia. People in a nearby First Nation (often affected by Chemical Valley spills) experienced odours,…
  • Jan 23

    Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal

    Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal
    Can foreign pollution judgments be enforced in Canada? The Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments on the attempt by Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to enforce their $9 plus billion Ecuador judgment against Chevron’s Canadian assets,…
Rank this Week: 297

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Jan 26

    Clients Who Don’t Mediate Have Lawyers Who Are Fool

    Clients Who Don’t Mediate Have Lawyers Who Are Fool
    Recently, a litigant refused to mediate their dispute, ultimately losing in court and paying the attorney's fees of the prevailing party.
  • Jan 15

    Escrows Can Be Negligent, Even While Following Escrow Instruction

    Escrows Can Be Negligent, Even While Following Escrow Instruction
    California escrows perform an important role in modern real estate and business transactions. While escrow holders are not exempt from negligence, many escrows have made such an argument, contending that they cannot commit negligence so…
  • Nov 7

    How to Select an Attorney

    How to Select an Attorney
    Too often, potential clients lack have an inability to determine how they should select an attorney. Here are some guideposts to help clients select a California attorney. 1. Attorney Discipline The California State Bar has an easy to…
Rank this Week: 2341

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Hawaii Land Use Law & Policy

Commentary and insight on the complex, multifaceted area of land use in Hawaii. By Jesse Souki.

http://hilanduse.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 26

    Governor Ige Supports Rail Among Other Land Use Related Priorities in His First State of the State Addre

    Governor Ige Supports Rail Among Other Land Use Related Priorities in His First State of the State Addre
    Governor David Ige gave his first State of the State address to a joint session of the Hawaii State Legislature today.Here's what he said about land use related priorities:He supports, "low-cost government investment tools [that] can be used…
  • Jan 22

    Land Use Policy Priorities: Opening Day of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature, 2015

    Land Use Policy Priorities: Opening Day of the 28th Hawaii State Legislature, 2015
    Yesterday kicked off the beginning of Hawaii’s 28thlegislative session.  Barring a special session, it will end on May 7, 2015, Sine Die (the length of a regular NFLseason).The legislature prides itself on the number of bills it…
  • Jan 16

    Same Blog, Different Web Addre

    Same Blog, Different Web Addre
    The Hawaii Land Use Law and Policy blog has a new Web address. You can find us at www.hilanduselaw.com. Our old Web address will redirect you automatically.
Rank this Week: 1492

Real Property & Environmental Law…

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert

Covers transactional real estate, development/redevelopment, and environmental law. By Gibbons.

http://www.rpelawalert.com/
  • Jan 26

    5th Circuit Rules that Sale of Chemical is Not Disposal

    5th Circuit Rules that Sale of Chemical is Not Disposal
    On January 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the sale of a useful chemical did not make the seller an "arranger for disposal" under Superfund, even where seller knew that some of that chemical would be spilled…
  • Jan 7

    New Jersey’s Permit Extension Act Extended One Year

    New Jersey’s Permit Extension Act Extended One Year
    On Friday, December 26, Governor Christie signed into law a one year extension of New Jersey’s Permit Extension Act (“PEA”). As noted in our recent blog, the PEA previously was set to expire on December 31, … Continue…
  • Jan 6

    New York State Brownfield Developments: Governor Cuomo Vetoes Tax Credit Extension; State Bar Recommends Reform

    New York State Brownfield Developments: Governor Cuomo Vetoes Tax Credit Extension; State Bar Recommends Reform
    On December 29, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have extended, until March 31, 2017, the deadline for sites in the New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program to finish cleanups in order to qualify for the Program’s tax…
Rank this Week: 1463

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

Covers federal policy and regulatory developments related to hydraulic fracturing. By Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Jan 26

    EPA’s National Enforcement Initiative Data Tracks Agency Action in the Energy Industry

    EPA’s National Enforcement Initiative Data Tracks Agency Action in the Energy Industry
    Recently released data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s National Enforcement Initiative demonstrate how intensely EPA’s enforcement program is focused on the oil and gas industry, especially within key shale plays…
  • Jan 19

    National Hydraulic Fracturing and Energy Issues to Watch in 2015

    National Hydraulic Fracturing and Energy Issues to Watch in 2015
    Hydraulic fracturing and energy policy promise to be an interesting area to watch in 2015 as many competing political forces push to control the agenda. The new Republican Congress was sworn in last week, and has promptly sought changes in…
  • Jan 14

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 38

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 38
    Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 38 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Florida, Ohio, and Texas. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews on state…
Rank this Week: 2058

Law and the Environment

Law and the Environment

Covers environmental law issues, including CERCLA, climate change, permitting, and renewable energy. By Foley Hoag LLP.

http://www.lawandenvironment.com/
  • Jan 26

    Coming Soon to a Settlement Near You: Next Generation Compliance

    Coming Soon to a Settlement Near You: Next Generation Compliance
    In a memorandum issued earlier this month, EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement Cynthia Giles encouraged use by EPA staff of “Next Generation Compliance Tools” in civil settlements.  Some of the tools are more…
  • Jan 23

    The Need For Expert Evidence To Make Out An Innocent Landowner Defense Under CERCLA

    The Need For Expert Evidence To Make Out An Innocent Landowner Defense Under CERCLA
    As every litigator knows, evidence almost always tells a story that is untidy and riddled with loose ends.  This was illustrated by a recent innocent landowner case in California — Coppola v. Smith. …
  • Jan 17

    No Arranger Liability For Sale of A New Hazardous Substance

    No Arranger Liability For Sale of A New Hazardous Substance
    Relying on the 2009 Supreme Court decision in Burlington Northern, the Fifth Circuit recently overtuned a CERCLA liability finding against a supplier of perchloroethylene.  Vine Street LLC v. Borg Warner…
Rank this Week: 3132

MGKF Litigation Blog

MGKF Litigation Blog

Covers recent cases in the environmental arena. By Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP.

http://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/
  • Jan 25

    SIXTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN REMOVAL ACTIONS IS TRIGGERED BY EFFECTIVE DATE OF AOC

    SIXTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IN REMOVAL ACTIONS IS TRIGGERED BY EFFECTIVE DATE OF AOC
    Back in July of last year, in the case of Hobart Corp. v. Waste Management of Ohio, 758 F.3d 757 (6th Cir. 2014), held that the statute of limitations for a contribution action following the execution of an Administrative Settlement Agreement…
  • Jan 15

    Federal Court Limits Scope of Hydraulic Fracturing Toxic Tort Case

    Federal Court Limits Scope of Hydraulic Fracturing Toxic Tort Case
    In November 2009, a group of 44 plaintiffs, including the Ely family, filed suit against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. for personal injuries and property damages that allegedly resulted from Cabot’s hydraulic fracturing operations in Dimock…
  • Aug 10

    Ninth Circuit Addresses Standards For Approval Of CERCLA Settlement

    Ninth Circuit Addresses Standards For Approval Of CERCLA Settlement
    On August 1, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a decision in Arizona v. Raytheon Co., No. 12-15691 (9th Cir. Aug. 1, 2014), that may give trial courts some pause before approving future CERCLA settlements.  At issue…
Rank this Week: 3355

Green Building Law Update

Green Building Law Update

Covers green building trends and regulations for the construction, design and insurance industries. By Chris Cheatham.

http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/
  • Jan 25

    All Water is Greywater - So Don't Ban Greywater in Your Plumbing Code

    All Water is Greywater - So Don't Ban Greywater in Your Plumbing Code
    As governments across the country enter the triennial building code cycle, including adopting the 2015 International Plumbing Code, it is key that they not ban greywater use. Codes are usually adopted by local government legislative bodies,…
  • Jan 19

    Indoor Marijuana Growing Accounts for Over 1% of all Electric Consumption in the U.S.

    Indoor Marijuana Growing Accounts for Over 1% of all Electric Consumption in the U.S.
    In 2015, when vaping is out and Marley Natural Weed is in, the largely unrecognized and surging use of electricity associated with marijuana must be considered.  Indoor marijuana growing operations accounted for over 1% of all electric…
  • Jan 4

    Pennsylvania is First State to offer Tax Credit for Passive House

    Pennsylvania is First State to offer Tax Credit for Passive House
    Pennsylvania is the first state to offer tax credits for low income Passive House building. Applications submitted under the PennHOMES and low income housing tax credit program are scored and ranked in accordance with a numerical criteria. By…
Rank this Week: 826

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Covers listing decisions, critical habitats and endangered species litigation. By Nossaman LLP.

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
  • Jan 23

    Endangered Species Act Roundup: More Rule

    Endangered Species Act Roundup: More Rule
    Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published three new rules, continuing its flurry of activity from December as we previously noted here and here.  Below are the latest final and proposed rules issued by the…
  • Dec 31

    Endangered Species Act Year End Roundup: FWS Issues Findings on A Listing Petition and NMFS Issues A Correction

    Endangered Species Act Year End Roundup: FWS Issues Findings on A Listing Petition and NMFS Issues A Correction
    Coming in just under the wire for the New Year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published new rules today, making December a very busy month for Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing…
  • Dec 31

    Fish & Wildlife Service Finds That Gnatcatcher Delisting May Be Warranted

    Fish &amp; Wildlife Service Finds That Gnatcatcher Delisting May Be Warranted
    Continuing the quarter century controversy over the listing of the Coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) as a threatened subspecies, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has concluded that a petition to…
Rank this Week: 722

Kentucky Environmental Matters

Kentucky Environmental Matters

Covers Kentucky environmental law matters, including pollution, human health and toxic torts. By Jeffrey M. Sanders.

http://jeffreymsanders.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 880

GREENberg bLAWg

GREENberg bLAWg

Covers environmental law, climate change, and clean technology. By Greenberg Glusker.

http://environmentallawblog.greenbergglusker.com/
  • Jan 22

    Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request

    Public Entities Can Inadvertently Waive Privilege in Response to a Public Records Act Request
    California’s Public Records Act (PRA) law requires public entities to make their public records open for inspection and copying. Environmental practitioners often use PRA requests as a tool to obtain information regarding a contaminated…
  • Nov 26

    THE SUNSET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER — UST FUND EXTENDED

    THE SUNSET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER — UST FUND EXTENDED
    On September 25, 2014, Governor Brown signed SB 445 (Hill) Underground storage tanks; hazardous substances: petroleum: groundwater and surface water contamination into law (UST Law).  The UST Law was an urgency measure that took effect…
  • Nov 26

    CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA

    CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA
    Recently, the court in Rominger v. County of Colusa found that a lead agency which approved a mitigated negative declaration for a project, can take the seemingly inconsistent position that the proposed project was not a California…
Rank this Week: 3801

CEQA Developments

CEQA Developments

Covers California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions, legislation, litigation and reform. By Miller Starr Regalia.

http://www.ceqadevelopments.com
Rank this Week: 3013

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Jan 22

    The Importance of Auditing for Food Safety

    The Importance of Auditing for Food Safety
    Audits play a fundamental role in certifying that proper food safety practices are being abided to. The Global Food and Safety Resource reported, “audits are a crucial component of maintaining food safety standards and certification, by…
  • Jan 14

    Higher Fines & Fees for Municipal Services in Canada

    Higher Fines &amp; Fees for Municipal Services in Canada
    In the past six months, Nimonik has observed technical amendments to municipal by-laws which could be easily overlooked. The changes concern fees charged for services rendered, fines used to enforce by-laws, and refinements to certain…
  • Jan 7

    Efficient Incident Managment and Training Scheduler for Businesse

    Efficient Incident Managment and Training Scheduler for Businesse
    Let’s make 2015 a safe year for your workplace. Nimonik is building easy-to-use incident management tools and a training scheduler. To help refine our design, we are looking for Beta testers to provide feedback. Beta program…
Rank this Week: 799

Real Estate and Construction Law…

Real Estate and Construction Law Blog

Up-to-date information on real estate, construction, environmental, and land use law. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.realestatelanduseandenvironmentallaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1071

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Environmental Law Prof Blog

Edited by Deepa Badrinarayana, Blake Hudson, Lesley K. McAllister, Dave Owen, Todd Aagaard, Robin Kundis Craig and Jessica Owley.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/environmental_law/
  • Jan 21

    Israel's Environment: Some First Impression

    Israel's Environment: Some First Impression
    I’ve just returned from Israel, where I presented a draft paper to an environmental workshop hosted by David Schorr and Issi Rosen-Svi at the University of Tel Aviv. The trip was short, but between my interactions at the university and...
  • Jan 16

    Fifth Circuit Holds Designer and Supplier of Dry Cleaning System Is Not Liable under CERCLA as an Arranger

    Fifth Circuit Holds Designer and Supplier of Dry Cleaning System Is Not Liable under CERCLA as an Arranger
    On January 14, a panel of the Fifth Circuit (King, Jolly, Costa) issued a decision in Vine Street LLC v. Borg Warner Corporation. A subsidiary of Borg Warner sold dry cleaning machines to a dry cleaning business in Tyler, Texas,...
  • Jan 14

    Fifth Circuit Narrowly Denies Rehearing En Banc in Deepwater Horizon Case

    Fifth Circuit Narrowly Denies Rehearing En Banc in Deepwater Horizon Case
    Back on June 4, 2014, a panel of the Fifth Circuit (King, Benavides, Dennis) held that BP and Anadarko, co-owners of the Macondo Well involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010, are strictly liable for fines under Clean Water...
Rank this Week: 299

Janzen Ag Law Blog

Janzen Ag Law Blog

Agricultural law blog that seeks to bring current legal issues of interest to the doorsteps of farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses. Tackles state and federal environmental issues related to agriculture. By Todd Janzen.

http://www.janzenaglaw.com/
  • Jan 20

    What You Need to Know about Farm Data Privacy

    What You Need to Know about Farm Data Privacy
    Here is my presentation to the Indiana Horticultural Congress on January 21, 2015.  You can follow along online by clicking below:Farm Data Privacy:  What You Need to KnowPlease check out other articles about the agriculture and…
  • Jan 20

    Big Data on the Farm: Presentation to Indiana Farm Bureau

    Big Data on the Farm: Presentation to Indiana Farm Bureau
    My January 20, 2015 presentation to Indiana Farm Bureau's District Meeting can be found by clicking on the following link:Big Data on the FarmDon't forget to also check out American Farm Bureau Federation's Privacy and Security Principles for…
  • Jan 8

    FAA Approves Ag Drone Flights for One Company: Is Decision a Road Map for Others?

    FAA Approves Ag Drone Flights for One Company: Is Decision a Road Map for Others?
    The Federal Aviation Administration has granted a Washington company (Advanced Aviation Solutions LLC) an exemption to fly unmanned aerial vehicles ("UAVs" or "drones") commercially for "precision agriculture" and "crop scouting" purposes.…
Rank this Week: 1956

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

Covers condemnation and real estate law. By David B. Snyder of Fox Rothschild, LLP.

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jan 18

    NC Bill Seeks To Limit Eminent Domain Power

    NC Bill Seeks To Limit Eminent Domain Power
    One of the first bills introduced in the newly convened North Carolina State Legislature seeks to limit condemnation powers.  House Bill 3, seeks to amend the North Carolina State Constitution to ban the use of eminent domain for private…
  • Dec 30

    GA: Appraiser Owes No Duty of Care to Borrower for Appraisal Prepared for Lender

    GA: Appraiser Owes No Duty of Care to Borrower for Appraisal Prepared for Lender
    One issue that continues to be litigated around the country is the extent to which an appraiser is liable to a borrower for a negligent appraisal prepared for a lender.  This issue was recently addressed by the Georgia Court of…
  • Dec 29

    OK Court: Taking Must Statisfy State’s Public Use Requirement

    OK Court: Taking Must Statisfy State’s Public Use Requirement
    An Oklahoma appellate court recently reconfirmed that a taking by a state or local entity must satisfy, among other things, both the state and U.S. Constitutions.  In that case, the City of Muskogee condemned a property for a parking…
Rank this Week: 974

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

The climate policy, renewable energy, and sustainability blog. By Stoel Rives, LLP.

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
  • Jan 15

    Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Forecast: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain

    Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Forecast: Partly Sunny with a Chance of Rain
    Within days of its open on December 12, 2014, Xcel Energy’s Minnesota Community Solar Garden (CSG) Program had well over 300 MW worth of CSG applications submitted and by this writing nearly 430 MW.  The rush of significant…
  • Jan 7

    California Governor Pledges 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

    California Governor Pledges 50% Renewable Energy by 2030
    In November 2008, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-14-08, which set a 33 percent renewable portfolio standard for California by 2020.  On Tuesday, Jerry Brown was sworn in for a record fourth term as…
  • Jan 2

    Initial Take: Xcel Energy’s 2016-2013 Integrated Resource Plan for Minnesota

    Initial Take: Xcel Energy’s 2016-2013 Integrated Resource Plan for Minnesota
    Today, Xcel Energy filed its 2016 – 2030 Integrated Resource Plan.  Xcel Energy’s proposal is fairly significant in scope – it proposes to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030, add new renewable and natural gas generating…
Rank this Week: 462

Ohio Environmental Law Blog

Ohio Environmental Law Blog

Discusses environmental law and policy at both the national level and with a focus on developments in Ohio. By Joseph P. Koncelik of Frantz Ward LLP.

http://www.ohioenvironmentallawblog.com/
  • Jan 15

    Environmental Insurance- A Top Broker Discusses Seven Key Aspects of this Specialty Coverage

    Environmental Insurance- A Top Broker Discusses Seven Key Aspects of this Specialty Coverage
    I interviewed Rob Snyder of the Fedeli Group. (click link to Rob's contact information)  Rob has more than 20 years of experience as a broker of environmental insurance.   He has obtained everything from standard pollution…
  • Dec 24

    U.S. EPA Regulates Coal Ash under Subtitle D

    U.S. EPA Regulates Coal Ash under Subtitle D
    Following a failure of the dike at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee which received national attention, the Obama Administration announced it would re-evaluate regulation of coal combustion residuals (CCR) or coal ash.   The…
  • Dec 15

    NPDES Permit Pre-Empts RCRA?

    NPDES Permit Pre-Empts RCRA?
    An interesting case involving the interplay of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and RCRA highlights the complexity of sites that trigger multiple environmental statutes.  The U.S. District Court of Maryland in Sherrill, et al. v. The Mayor and…
Rank this Week: 1233

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

Covers legal issues associated with geospatial data and technology. Published by Kevin Pomfret.

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 14

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (January 14, 2015)

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (January 14, 2015)
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares the Spatial Law and Policy Update for its members. The Update contains approximately 20-25 links to recent developments that will impact the…
  • Jan 8

    Spatial Law and Policy UAV Update (January 8, 2015)

    Spatial Law and Policy UAV Update (January 8, 2015)
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares for its members an update on key legal and policy links associated with the collection, use, storage and distribution of geospatial information. The following are some of the top…
  • Dec 16

    Spatial Law and Policy 2014 - The Year of the Drone

    Spatial Law and Policy 2014 - The Year of the Drone
    Each December, I have listed the top Spatial Law and Policy stories from the past year. (For those of you who have the time, it is interesting to go back over the past several years to see how the issues - and the technology - have evolved:…
Rank this Week: 1806

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment…

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment Blog

Covers environmental law. By Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

http://we-blog-meyerglitz.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2470

Envirosphere

Envirosphere

Provides news and updates on environmental law in New York State. By the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section.

http://nysbar.com/blogs/environmental/
  • Jan 11

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update November 2014, # 23

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update November 2014, # 23
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News Two Car Companies Pay Highest CAA Civil Penalties Ever Car manufacturers Hyundai and Kia (the "Companies") used inaccurate data to falsely demonstrate…
  • Dec 6

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update October 2014, Vol. 1, Issue #22

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update October 2014, Vol. 1, Issue #22
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News Drums Along the Mohawk - Riverkeeper to Patrol the Mohawk River The public interest group, Riverkeeper has vowed to start patrols to search for water pollution on…
  • Nov 29

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update September 2014, Vol. 1 #21

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update September 2014, Vol. 1 #21
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Editorial Note: This Update introduces a new section: Energy Enforcement and Regulation. The increased federal, state and local involvement in the mining, processing,…
Rank this Week: 4480

California Land Use Blog

California Land Use Blog

Covers land use law for developers, owners and businesses. By Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP.

http://landuselaw.jmbm.com/
Rank this Week: 2625

Aviation and Airport Development…

Aviation and Airport Development Law

Covers aviation law issues, including federal environmental and transportation regulations. By Chevalier, Allen and Lichman, LLP.

http://www.aviationairportdevelopmentlaw.com/
Rank this Week: 648

New York Zoning and Municipal Law…

New York Zoning and Municipal Law Blog

Covers adverse possession, environmental law, municipal law, zoning and land use. Published by Silverberg Zalantis.

http://blog.szlawfirm.net/
Rank this Week: 1194

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real…

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real Estate Law Blog

Covers news and commentary on real estate development, environmental and construction law. By Mirick O'Connell.

http://mirickrealestatelawblog.com/
  • Dec 31

    On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2014

    On Solid Ground’s Top Five Stories of 2014
    With the year coming to an end, we take a moment to look back at the year that was.  Each year brings new developments in real estate, environmental and construction law, and 2014 was no exception.  Here’s our top five…
  • Dec 9

    ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxe

    ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxe
    Solar energy systems providing power to off-site locations are exempt from local property taxes, according to a ruling from the Appellate Tax Board. The ATB’s decision in Forrestall Enterprises, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of the Town of…
  • Sep 26

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager
    The Worcester Superior Court recently issued an important decision that could significantly affect the risk assumed by construction managers performing public projects under the M.G.L. c. 149A construction manager – at risk delivery…
Rank this Week: 3704

GreenLaw

GreenLaw

provide information, context, and commentary on current events and developments in the field of environmental law. By Pace University School of Law's environmental law program.

http://greenlaw.blogs.law.pace.edu/
Rank this Week: 2842

Indiana Real Property and…

Indiana Real Property and Environmental Law Report

Comments on Indiana real estate, land use and environmental cases. By Jeff Lorenzo.

http://indianarealpropertylaw.com/
  • Dec 8

    Legislative Tax Commission Studies Farmland Taxation Formula

    Legislative Tax Commission Studies Farmland Taxation Formula
    The Indiana Commission on Business Personal Property & Business Taxation released its final report.  The farmland tax burden was a substantial part of the discussion. Four of the 16 recommendations from the commission…
  • Dec 5

    US Army Wants to Leave 80 Tons of Depleted Uranium Projectiles at Jefferson Proving Ground

    US Army Wants to Leave 80 Tons of Depleted Uranium Projectiles at Jefferson Proving Ground
    The US Army has requested permission from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow it cease environmental monitoring on a 2,080-acre section of the old Jefferson Proving Ground near Madison where ammunition testing was…
  • Dec 4

    The Beige Book on Recent Agriculture and Natural Resources Activity

    The Beige Book on Recent Agriculture and Natural Resources Activity
    From the Beige Book published on December 3, prepared by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and based on information collected on or before November 24, 2014. This document summarizes comments received from business and other contacts…
Rank this Week: 379

Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida…

Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate

Covers real estate and environmental issues in Southwest Florida. By Henderson Franklin.

http://www.legalscoopswflre.com/
  • Dec 2

    Permit Extension Notification Deadline Closing

    Permit Extension Notification Deadline Closing
    For any development permit holders interested in taking advantage of the two-year extension offered under HB 7023 (codified as Laws of Florida ch. 2014-218), there are some important rules to remember as the notification deadline of December…
  • Nov 21

    “Let’s Make a Deal”: Dangers of Condominium and Homeowner Associations Accepting Partial Payments for Delinquent Assessment

    “Let’s Make a Deal”: Dangers of Condominium and Homeowner Associations Accepting Partial Payments for Delinquent Assessment
    Since the real estate meltdown which began in 2006, many condominium and homeowner associations have struggled with a significant increase in delinquent assessments. Any money received by an association from a delinquent owner helps, and many…
  • Oct 24

    Should I Form an LLC for My Beach Rental?

    Should I Form an LLC for My Beach Rental?
    Living and practicing on Sanibel, I have many clients who come to us when they purchase a condominium or home for investment income. One of the questions that often arises is whether they should hold their investment real estate in a separate…
Rank this Week: 2300

Law of the Lands - Farm, Energy…

Law of the Lands - Farm, Energy and Enviro Law

Provides legal information of interest to landowners in the areas of agriculture law, energy law and environmental law. By John Goudy.

http://landownerlaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 551

Environmental Legal Blogs

Environmental Legal Blogs

Covers asbestos, biomonitoring, CERCLA, endangered species, EPA, ethanol, global warming, and toxic torts. By Stephen Holzer.

http://environmentallegal.blogs.com/sholzer/
  • Nov 21

    AT&T PAYS $51 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA

    AT&amp;T PAYS $51 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA
    The California Attorney General's office filed suit accusing AT&T of disposing of hazardous electronic waste over a 9-year period of time. The $51 million settlement was announced on the same day that the Attorney General filed suit. The…
  • Nov 15

    CHEMICAL LEAK NEAR HOUSTON KILLS 4

    CHEMICAL LEAK NEAR HOUSTON KILLS 4
    Sometimes chemicals designed for safety can themselves become deadly. For example, NBC reports that Saturday morning a chemical used to odorize natural gas, and thus warn people of the presence of the potentially explosive gas, itself leaked…
  • Apr 25

    Yet more controversy over solar power The…

    Yet more controversy over solar power The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a report concerning the effect on birds of three solar facilities in Southern California.…
Rank this Week: 1214

Law and the Environment

Law and the Environment

Covers carbon and emissions trading, CERCLA, climate change, oil spills and risk management. By Scott D. Deatherage of Thompson & Knight LLP.

http://lawandenvironment.typepad.com/law_and_the_environment/
Rank this Week: 1428