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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/
  • Aug 26

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto

    CEQA: Labor unions take on solar power in Adelanto
    The unions are taking on solar power once again, with CEQA as their weapon of choice. What their motive is may be a different issue. As we have mentioned before in this space, it is a good idea to keep track of CEQA petitions being filed,…
  • Aug 22

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact

    CEQA: Court of Appeal supports standard of significance for greenhouse gas impact
    By Robert I. McMurry A new Court of Appeal case, San Francisco Tomorrow v. City and County of San Francisco, 214 Cal App Lexis 735 lends support to A.B. 32 as a standard of significance for GHG impacts and to the use of an air district…
  • Aug 18

    CEQA: Are time extensions for nonconforming uses exempt from review?

    CEQA: Are time extensions for nonconforming uses exempt from review?
    By Robert I. McMurry Is an extension of time for an existing nonconforming use exempt from CEQA review? A new writ action just filed proposes to resolve that issue. As a preamble, why should you care about a new petition in Superior Court?…
Rank this Week: 2652

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

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

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 26

    A Hidden Property Gem From Justice Jackson

    A Hidden Property Gem From Justice Jackson
    Although it is never fun to do new class preparation, I like teaching new classes because it forces me gives me the opportunity to learn new material and new areas of law. So it is this semester, when I will teach water law for the first…
  • Aug 26

    The Wonders of Denialism

    The Wonders of Denialism
    If you’re inclined to doubt science, why not start with the germ theory of disease?  After all, isn’t it implausible that illness, death, and even mass epidemics are caused by tiny invisible organisms that invade our bodies?…
  • Aug 25

    Integrating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, or: I’m in BIG Trouble

    Integrating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation, or: I’m in BIG Trouble
    A couple of weeks ago, I noted in a discussion of water and climate change, that in many cases, seeking to adapt to climate change effects might actually wind up undermining efforts to mitigate it. My example was lining irrigation canals, but…
Rank this Week: 239

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/
  • Aug 26

    Troy Rule on Renewable Energy and Land Use

    Troy Rule on Renewable Energy and Land Use
    In recent years, renewable energy siting decisions have generated some of the U.S.'s most interesting and complex environmental controversies. Troy Rule (Arizona State) has just put out a new book on the subject. If you're interested in the…
  • Aug 26

    Tenth Circuit Affirms Order Denying Preliminary Injunction Against Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project

    Tenth Circuit Affirms Order Denying Preliminary Injunction Against Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project
    On August 25, the Tenth Circuit (Hartz, Ebel, Phillips) issued a decision in Village of Logan v. U.S. Department of Interior, No. 13-2082. The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Project, which will include a pipeline and associated…
  • Aug 22

    Ninth Circuit Holds Diesel Exhaust Emissions Are Not “Disposal” Under RCRA

    Ninth Circuit Holds Diesel Exhaust Emissions Are Not “Disposal” Under RCRA
    On August 20, the Ninth Circuit (Fernandez, Smith, Murguia) issued a decision in Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice v. BNSF Railway Company, No. 12-56086. The plaintiffs were environmental organizations whose members live…
Rank this Week: 290

Switchboard

Switchboard

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

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Aug 26

    Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resource

    Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resource
    Marcus Griswold, Water Resources Scientist, San Francisco: Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently…
  • Aug 26

    What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency

    What If Proven Benefits Alone Are Not Enough to Drive Industrial Energy Efficiency
    Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New York: While cutting energy waste seems like a no-brainer for the industrial sector, a new research project suggests that even favorable cost savings, at a brisk…
  • Aug 26

    EGCG: Not my cup of (green) tea

    EGCG: Not my cup of (green) tea
    Maricel V. Maffini, PhD, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC: Last week, the Washington Post published an exposé of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food additive regulatory program; it concluded that…
Rank this Week: 1065

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/
  • Aug 26

    Texas proposes rule to evaluate seismic activity related to fracking

    Texas proposes rule to evaluate seismic activity related to fracking
    On August 12, 2014, the Railroad Commission of Texas (“RRC”) approved several proposed amendments to fracking regulations in the Texas Administrative Code for publication in the Texas Register. These proposed amendments relate…
  • Aug 22

    Canada’s TSB determines crude oil in train derailment to be unaffected by fracturing fluid additive

    Canada’s TSB determines crude oil in train derailment to be unaffected by fracturing fluid additive
    On July 6, 2013, shortly before 1:00 am, a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway freight train which was parked for the night on a hill seven miles above Lac Megantic, Quebec started to roll. The unit train carrying approximately 48,000…
  • Aug 6

    Federal regulators propose new rules on oil train

    Federal regulators propose new rules on oil train
    After a series of accidents involving oil trains in the US and Canada, the US Department of Transportation proposed new safety standards for oil trains on July 23. The proposed standards target older tank cars, requiring companies shipping…
Rank this Week: 1045

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Aug 26

    (A Student’s) Green Shopping Guide

    (A Student’s) Green Shopping Guide
    By Stephanie Businelli Congratulations! You fought through your SATs, got your diploma, and are now heading towards “the best four years of your life,” more commonly known as college. If you’re a student who plans to live on…
  • Aug 25

    Green Your Dorm (or Home!) with Our Back to School Pinterest Board

    Green Your Dorm (or Home!) with Our Back to School Pinterest Board
    By Stephanie Businelli It’s that time of year again! The summer is slowing down and if you are a high school graduate heading to college, chances are you are frantically buying items from that (never-ending) list of dorm essentials.…
  • Aug 19

    EP…Yay

    EP…Yay
      By Gyeongbae Jung It’s 8 AM. I wake up, shower, put on some clothes, and struggle to find matching socks as I wonder why I didn’t to go to bed earlier. The struggle continues as I get ready to bike to my internship at EPA.…
Rank this Week: 251

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: 3003

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: 544

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/
  • Aug 26

    Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED

    Saint Paul has an Alternative to LEED
    Much has changed, but much has remained the same, in the arena of green building law mandates since March 18,2002, when the city of Normal, Illinois enacted Ordinance 4825, the first ever mandatory green building law, requiring LEED…
  • Aug 13

    Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Busine

    Attend Greenbuild: The Best Way To Grow Your Busine
    I was delivering a lunchtime speech to a group of real estate professionals yesterday and the first question I received was “how can I expand my green building business?” I retell that because it is a variation of the question I…
  • Aug 10

    Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated

    Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Being Updated
    In 2015 the use of LEED v4 will become mandatory, a new 2015 International Green Construction Code will be available, an updated ASHRAE 189.1 will be published, the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard will be approved, and there will…
Rank this Week: 824

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/
  • Aug 26

    Lake Erie's problems were solved in the '70

    Lake Erie's problems were solved in the '70
    Lake Erie's problems were solved in the '70s - Lake Erie was dying in the late 1960s and early 1970s and came back only after a huge effort.   Environmental Information Specialists -- WIMS Daily Environmental…
  • Aug 25

    Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake

    Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake
    Algae-produced microcystin may follow blooms across lake - From the boat docks of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory, practically a stone's throw from the party headquarters known as Put-in-Bay tiny green specs are in the…
  • Aug 22

    MEC Wants Stricter Regulations For Lake Erie

    MEC Wants Stricter Regulations For Lake Erie
    MEC Wants Stricter Regulations For Lake Erie - The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) is preparing to do battle with the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) on the issue of green algae in Lake Erie as the MEC believes it is time to end…
Rank this Week: 2423

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/
  • Aug 26

    Correction : Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical

    Correction : Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical
    Correction : Yesterday we reported on the case of Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical. Please note that this is a decision from the D.C. Court of Appeals, not the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.   Environmental Information…
  • Aug 25

    Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical

    Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical
    Greenpeace v. Dow Chemical - 8/21/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 13-CV-685. The case involves alleged corporate espionage, and the issue of whether a corporation has a claim for trespass or conversion…
  • Aug 22

    Southwestern Power Admin. v. FERC

    Southwestern Power Admin. v. FERC
    Southwestern Power Admin. v. FERC - 8/22/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 13-1033. The Appeals Court said in part, "Neither section 215(b) nor section 215(e), nor the two considered in combination,…
Rank this Week: 855

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

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

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 26

    GAO Report On Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimate

    GAO Report On Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimate
    GAO-14-663, Regulatory Impact Analysis: Development of Social Cost of Carbon Estimates, July 24, 2014 - The social cost of carbon (measured in dollars per metric ton of carbon dioxide) is the monetized net effects (damages…
  • Aug 25

    Final 2014 RFS Rule Moves to OMB

    Final 2014 RFS Rule Moves to OMB
    Final 2014 RFS Rule Moves to OMB - (August 22, 2014) WashingtonD.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard Renewable Volume Obligation rule. . .   Environmental…
  • Aug 22

    One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marche

    One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marche
    One Month Countdown Until Major Climate Marches in NYC and Around the World - The People's Climate March scheduled for September 21, is expected to be the largest demonstration for climate action in history and will take place just…
Rank this Week: 534

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/
  • Aug 26

    Agricultural Drones: Flying Into Trouble?

    Agricultural Drones: Flying Into Trouble?
    Hoosier Ag Today interviewed me following my presentation on drone usage in agriculture at the Big Data/UAV forum in Indianapolis. Here is an excerpt:Last week we reported on how drones held some important applications for agriculture. A…
  • Aug 25

    What Agriculture Can Learn from Medical Data Privacy Law

    What Agriculture Can Learn from Medical Data Privacy Law
    Earlier this year, I suffered sudden hearing loss in my left ear. The condition caused me to visit a number of different doctors and medical providers. These visits made me realize, although we live in the digital age, doctor’s…
  • Aug 1

    It's Time for Real Property Law to Join the 21st Century

    It's Time for Real Property Law to Join the 21st Century
    A farmer uses GPS to plant this field,but his deed uses old metes and bounds to describe it.  I handle a number real estate transactions each year.  It is not uncommon to find an error in the property description located in a…
Rank this Week: 1943

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/
  • Aug 26

    EPA's Decision to Deny Ozone Petition Based in Reality

    EPA's Decision to Deny Ozone Petition Based in Reality
    Combating ozone pollution is really about time.  When I was back at Ohio EPA, we had countless meeting discussing how Ohio could (or whether it could) accelerate progress dramatically in reducing ozone pollution.  During that time…
  • Aug 21

    New Ohio EPA Public Records Procedures Impact Phase I

    New Ohio EPA Public Records Procedures Impact Phase I
    More than one environmental consultant has reported that Ohio EPA has changed its public records review procedures.  Ohio EPA has centralized its document review process.  It has developed a new public records request form that it…
  • Jul 23

    Federal Vacant and Brownfield Properties Present Opportunities and Challenge

    Federal Vacant and Brownfield Properties Present Opportunities and Challenge
    The federal government is the nation's largest property owner.  It holds over 900,000 buildings and structures totaling three billion square feet.   In 2010, the federal government spent more than 1.5 billion dollars to maintain…
Rank this Week: 1204

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Aug 25

    Partnershup with EchoLine in Fance

    Partnershup with EchoLine in Fance
    Nimonik is pleased to announce its recent partnership with Echoline, which, thanks to its online-based software ECHOVEILLE®, provides tailor-made regulatory monitoring in compliance with the norms ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 in France and…
  • Aug 21

    Free Checklists for Joint Health And Safety Committee in Canada

    Free Checklists for Joint Health And Safety Committee in Canada
    Joint Health and Safety Committees (JHSC) are a group of employees and employer spokespersons who report health and safety issues to the employer. JHSC must hold frequent meetings, evaluate risks and find a way to increase safety. The first…
  • Aug 6

    Corrective Action Visibility Improved in NimonikApp.com

    Corrective Action Visibility Improved in NimonikApp.com
    Based on customer feedback, we have rolled out a new feature that allows you to quickly see all of the outstanding corrective actions or NCRs, organized by Audit. Simply go to your global Audits page and you will see a red icon with the…
Rank this Week: 771

GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law…

GTH Energy & Natural Resources Law Blog

Covers renewable energy, environmental regulation and the Clean Water Act. By Gordon Thomas Honeywell.

http://www.energynaturalresourceslaw.com/
Rank this Week: 1389

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

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

http://envirolaw.com
  • Aug 22

    Should Children Have a Right to a Healthy Environment?

    Should Children Have a Right to a Healthy Environment?
    On June 17, 2014, several environmental groups in New Brunswick circulated for comment a draft environmental bill of rights for children. Called “A Bill of Rights to Protect Children’s Health from Environmental Hazards,” it…
  • Aug 21

    Millions for offsite gasoline contamination

    Millions for offsite gasoline contamination
    The Ontario Superior Court has awarded millions to a neighbouring property owner for historic offsite gasoline contamination. The decision in Canadian Tire Real Estate Ltd. v. Huron Concrete Supply Ltd. illustrates, and will perpetuate,…
  • Aug 19

    Wind opponents lose health challenges around the world

    Wind opponents lose health challenges around the world
    A recent report  by the Energy and Policy Institute documents the rejection of anti-wind health claims by 48 courts and tribunals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US. In one anomalous US case,  two…
Rank this Week: 291

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/
  • Aug 22

    BuRec increasing flows in Klamath to help protect adult Chinook

    BuRec increasing flows in Klamath to help protect adult Chinook
    BuRec is going to release more water to aid returning adult Chinook salmon, the agency announced today. Press release below. Mid-Pacific Region Sacramento, Calif. MP-14-159 Media Contact: Louis Moore, 916-978-5100, wmoore@usbr.gov For Release…
  • Aug 22

    Montana HCP abandons grizzly habitat illegally, judge find

    Montana HCP abandons grizzly habitat illegally, judge find
    The Fish and Wildlife Service violated the ESA when it granted an incidental take permit to the state of Montana that would have resulted in the loss of core habitat for the threatened grizzly bear, a federal judge has ruled (Friends of the…
  • Aug 15

    D.C. Cir. rejects challenge to N.Y. compressor station

    D.C. Cir. rejects challenge to N.Y. compressor station
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down petitions seeking review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to allow construction of a compressor station in Minisink, N.Y. (Minisink Residents for Environmental…
Rank this Week: 1487

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

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

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
Rank this Week: 707

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/
  • Aug 22

    EPA Refuses to Amend Its Backup Generator Rule: Demand Response Breathes Easier

    EPA Refuses to Amend Its Backup Generator Rule: Demand Response Breathes Easier
    Last Friday, EPA published notice that it would not be revising its regulations on backup generators in response to three petitions for reconsideration it had received after it promulgated its final rule in January 2013. The rule had sparked…
  • Aug 21

    You Can’t Estop the Government — Even When It Wants to Be Estopped

    You Can’t Estop the Government — Even When It Wants to Be Estopped
    Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that arguably explains everything from why the Tea Party exists to why otherwise calm and sane executives suddenly lose all their hair. Perhaps most astounding, the decision is…
  • Aug 20

    EPA Publishes Final 316(b) Rule: Flexibility for Generators Means Litigation By Environmental Group

    EPA Publishes Final 316(b) Rule: Flexibility for Generators Means Litigation By Environmental Group
    Last Friday, EPA finally published its § 316(b) rule in the Federal Register. As we noted in May, the rule is more significant for what it does not do – require closed cycle cooling – than for what it does.  Indeed, the…
Rank this Week: 3233

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
Rank this Week: 1348

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/
  • Aug 21

    Drone Filmmaking and the Technological Power Shift

    Drone Filmmaking and the Technological Power Shift
    MovieMaker Magazine published an article titled “Drone Filmmaking and the Technological Power Shift” by our blog’s co-author Paul Fraidenburgh.  The full text of the article is reprinted after the…
  • Aug 8

    California Changes the Test of Significance for Traffic Impacts Under CEQA

    California Changes the Test of Significance for Traffic Impacts Under CEQA
    Taking its queue from the legislature (see Senate Bill 743 [Steinberg 2013]), the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (“OPR”) published, on August 6, 2014, a preliminary discussion draft of revisions to…
  • Aug 4

    Professional Cinematography Using UAS

    Professional Cinematography Using UAS
    Paul Fraidenburgh was quoted by the Digital Cinema Society regarding the use of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial aerial filming operations. The full article is available here.
Rank this Week: 629

Real Property & Environmental Law…

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert

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

http://www.rpelawalert.com/
Rank this Week: 1463

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Aug 18

    The Top 10 Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S.

    The Top 10 Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S.
    [Clean Air Watch periodically publishes guest posts of possible interest.  Today's guest post is by Holly Chavez]The Top 10 Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S.America’s love affair with automobile transportation is dwindling, and…
  • Aug 11

    Which Technologies Will Help Us Achieve a More Sustainable Future?

    Which Technologies Will Help Us Achieve a More Sustainable Future?
    [Clean Air Watch periodically publishes guest posts of possible interest.  Today's guest post is by Jennifer Smith]Nowadays, technology has become such an important part of our world that many people are unable to function without it.…
  • Jul 28

    MIT Study: Smog Pollution Must Be Addressed Along with Climate Change

    MIT Study: Smog Pollution Must Be Addressed Along with Climate Change
    We came across a very important study this morning by MIT researchers: Climate change and air pollution will combine to curb food supplieshttp://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/climate-change-air-pollution-will-combine-curb-food-supplies-0727Here is…
Rank this Week: 1146

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/
  • Aug 18

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State

    Land Use Law Center addresses cure for “zombie” plague in New York State
    Vacant properties are a persistent land use issue in the most financially distressed regions, as thousands of properties currently sit empty throughout nation. “Zombie” properties result when a bank begins foreclosure proceedings…
  • Jul 28

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case

    Students Help to Advise IUCN for ITLOS Fisheries Case
    Professor Ann Powers: Two Pace students, Ann Bermont (’14) and Anthony Papetti (’14), were among those responding to a request by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for assistance  preparing…
  • Jul 22

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you…

    Professor Ann Powers: For those of you interested in the UN’s process for establishing Sustainable Development Goals as mandated by Rio+20, the Open Working Group approved its  “Outcome Document” on Saturday after a…
Rank this Week: 2863

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/
  • Aug 14

    Lee County Road Round-Up – Spotlight: Bonita Beach Road Update

    Lee County Road Round-Up – Spotlight: Bonita Beach Road Update
    Phase III of the Bonita Beach Road widening project may be dead in the water, at least for now. The Bonita Springs City Council has voted to withhold contributing any funds toward the widening of Bonita Beach Road from four lanes to six lanes…
  • Jul 8

    Florida Legislature Expands the Legal Work Permitted by Community Association Manager

    Florida Legislature Expands the Legal Work Permitted by Community Association Manager
    House Bill 7037, recently adopted this past legislative session, expands the permitted practices of community association managers. The bill, effective July 1, 2014, enlarges community association managers’ powers, some of which…
  • Jun 23

    Lee County Road Round-Up: Spotlight Homestead Road Update

    Lee County Road Round-Up: Spotlight Homestead Road Update
    There have been some developments since the last blog post on the Homestead Road widening project. According to ABC7, funding from Lee County DOT is available for the project to proceed. It is important to start planning now, as right-of-way…
Rank this Week: 2364

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/
  • Aug 12

    MA Appeals Court Upholds Granting of Special Permit for Wind Turbine

    MA Appeals Court Upholds Granting of Special Permit for Wind Turbine
    The plaintiffs, GPH Cohasset, LLC, and GGNSC Cohasset, LLC (collectively, Golden Living), appealed from a judgment of the Land Court affirming a decision of the defendant planning board of Cohasset (board) to grant defendant Conservation Wind…
  • Aug 11

    Second Circuit Rejects Atheists’ Challenge to 9/11 Museum’s “Cross at Ground Zero”

    Second Circuit Rejects Atheists’ Challenge to 9/11 Museum’s “Cross at Ground Zero”
    Editor’s Note: This posting is republished from the RLUIPA Defense Blog, with permission. The blog is located at: http://www.rluipa-defense.com/home.cfm In American Atheists v. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, No. 13-1668 (2d…
  • Aug 10

    Florida Church’s RLUIPA Suit Against City of Jacksonville Headed to Trial

    Florida Church’s RLUIPA Suit Against City of Jacksonville Headed to Trial
    Editor’s note: This post is republished with permission from the RLUIPA Defense blog which can be viewed here: http://www.rluipa-defense.com/home.cfm The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has denied the…
Rank this Week: 778

Green Building Law

Green Building Law

Covers legal issues related to green building and sustainable development. By Shari Shapiro.

http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/
  • Aug 11

    Can Don Draper Save The Planet?

    Can Don Draper Save The Planet?
    There have been memorable social marketing campaigns over the years--Smokey the Bear, the sizzling egg that is your brain on drugs and the coining of “Obamacare” come to mind. Now Grist reports that Martin…
  • Aug 11

    Can Don Draper Save The Planet? Plus a GIVEAWAY!

    Can Don Draper Save The Planet? Plus a GIVEAWAY!
    There have been memorable social marketing campaigns over the years--Smokey the Bear, the sizzling egg that is your brain on drugs and the coining of “Obamacare” come to mind. Now Grist reports that Martin…
  • Aug 4

    The Slow Grind of Justice for EPA's Carbon Emissions Regulation

    The Slow Grind of Justice for EPA's Carbon Emissions Regulation
    It was inevitable that EPA's Clean Power Plan, regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants was going to generate law suits.  Even if the suits are ultimately unsuccessful, an injunction against the Plan's adoption or…
Rank this Week: 896

MGKF Litigation Blog

MGKF Litigation Blog

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

http://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/
  • 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…
  • Jul 22

    New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Common Interest Privilege

    New Jersey Supreme Court Adopts Common Interest Privilege
    In general, when a party shares communications or information protected by the attorney-client or work product privilege with a third party, the privilege is waived.  However, in many jurisdictions, if this sharing occurs when there is…
  • Jun 15

    Cert Petition Denied in CAA Preemption Case; Iowa Follows Suit

    Cert Petition Denied in CAA Preemption Case; Iowa Follows Suit
    Last summer we reported on Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station, 903 F. Supp. 2d 314 (3rd Cir. 2013), a Third Circuit decision which held that the Clean Air Act does not preempt state law claims for personal and property damage caused by air…
Rank this Week: 3370

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: 1073

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

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

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
  • Aug 8

    Value-of-Solar is Delayed; Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Move Forward

    Value-of-Solar is Delayed; Minnesota Community Solar Gardens Move Forward
    Yesterday, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (“MPUC”) approved Xcel Energy’s first Minnesota-based Community Solar Garden (CSG) program. After Xcel’s initial program filing was rejected by the MPUC in April,…
  • Jul 24

    New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

    New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance
    In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation's largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report focused on three clean…
  • Jul 21

    Businesses and Policymakers Confirm Mexican Energy Reforms Are Gaining Momentum

    Businesses and Policymakers Confirm Mexican Energy Reforms Are Gaining Momentum
    Earlier this year, a group of Stoel Rives attorneys traveled to Mexico to assess existing opportunities and pending developments in the Mexican power markets.  Some of the reforms and key trends identified during that trip are now taking…
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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/
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WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment…

WE-blog: Wildlife and Environment Blog

Covers environmental law. By Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

http://we-blog-meyerglitz.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 7

    Journal Article Details Big Tobacco’s Ongoing Document Disclosure Obligation

    Journal Article Details Big Tobacco’s Ongoing Document Disclosure Obligation
    Tobacco Control, an international peer-reviewed journal, has recently published an article co-authored by Howard Crystal detailing Big Tobacco’s ongoing document disclosure obligations stemming from a 2006 ruling on the companies’…
  • Jul 23

    D.C. CIRCUIT BRIEF FILED IN SUPPORT OF HEARING RIGHTS IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT RELICENSING

    D.C. CIRCUIT BRIEF FILED IN SUPPORT OF HEARING RIGHTS IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT RELICENSING
    On behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, we filed a brief in the D.C. Circuit this week seeking to overturn the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) ruling that residents living near nuclear power plants have no right to…
  • Jul 23

    SUMMARY DISPOSITION SOUGHT IN URANIUM MINING PROCEEDING

    SUMMARY DISPOSITION SOUGHT IN URANIUM MINING PROCEEDING
    On behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), we recently filed a brief before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) seeking a favorable resolution of NRDC’s challenge to a massive uranium mining operation proposed…
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Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Aug 6

    Commerce Department Places Severe Restrictions on Fracking Equipment Sales to Russia

    Commerce Department Places Severe Restrictions on Fracking Equipment Sales to Russia
    This post was prepared by guest bloggers Eric McClafferty (202-342-8841) and Michael Dobson (202-342-8517), attorneys in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Export Controls and Compliance Practice. Earlier today, the Bureau of Industry…
  • Aug 4

    Court Upholds Local Fracking Bans in New York State

    Court Upholds Local Fracking Bans in New York State
    FrackingInsider has provided a few updates on the status of two municipal bans on hydraulic fracturing in the towns of Dryden and Middlefield in New York State (see our previous coverage here, here, and here). Last month, the New York State…
  • Jul 30

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 35

    Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 35
    Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 35 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Colorado, Maryland, and North Dakota. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick overviews…
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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/
  • Aug 5

    The Blog is Moving!!

    The Blog is Moving!!
    I am now posting to my blog from my website at www.jamespllc.com. More later. As always, feel free to contact me at walter.james@jamespllc.com WDJiii
  • Jun 5

    2013 Enforcement Analysi

    2013 Enforcement Analysi
    I received the Spring 2014 Newsletter from the ABA’s Litigation Section, Environmental Litigation committee this morning. The ABA continues to prove its value to me all the time. Anyway, there is an interesting article on USEPA…
  • May 14

    REMINDER: ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference

    REMINDER: ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference
    On June 5, 2014, my good friend, Jud Starr, will be hosting the ALI CLE Criminal Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference has been put on annually for the last eighteen years or so and is...
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California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
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The Energy Law Blog

The Energy Law Blog

Covers oil and gas exploration, development, and marketing on the Gulf Coast. By Liskow and Lewis.

http://www.theenergylawblog.com/
  • Aug 4

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule

    Proposed Railroad Rules May Impact Crude Oil Producers: Proposed DOT/PHMSA Oil Tank Car Rule
    By John S. Gray and Carlos J. Moreno Prompted by concerns heightened by several recent high profile train derailments and accidents, coupled with the boom in the number of oil-carrying trains, the Obama administration, through the Pipeline…
  • Jun 24

    A Key Decision: Supreme Court of Texas Sides with Liskow Amicus Brief on Behalf of TXOGA

    A Key Decision: Supreme Court of Texas Sides with Liskow Amicus Brief on Behalf of TXOGA
    By Butch Marseglia and Jillian Marullo On June 20, 2014, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled in Key Operating & Equipment, Inc. v. Hegar (PDF) that a mineral lessee in a pooled oil and gas unit has the right to use the entire…
  • Jun 9

    Air Permitting Update: D.C. Circuit Decision Helps E&P Facilitie

    Air Permitting Update: D.C. Circuit Decision Helps E&P Facilitie
    By Carlos J. Moreno On May 30, 2014, in an unanimous decision in National Environmental Development Association’s Clean Air Project v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia…
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Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

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

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Jul 31

    Risk of Property Valuation Fraud Reportedly On The Rise

    Risk of Property Valuation Fraud Reportedly On The Rise
    According to analytics firm Interthinx, the risk of property valuation fraud increased during the first quarter.  The report noted that in addition to high property appraisals, individuals purchasing and listing multiple properties in…
  • Jul 31

    AI Member Appointed to Pa. Board of Certified Real Estate Appraiser

    AI Member Appointed to Pa. Board of Certified Real Estate Appraiser
    Joseph Pasquarella, MAI, has been appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers for a four-year term, the Appraisal Institute reported July 14.  Pasquarella, senior managing director at…
  • Jul 31

    Our Firm Defeats Statute Of Limitations Challenge To Just Compensation Demand

    Our Firm Defeats Statute Of Limitations Challenge To Just Compensation Demand
    I recently argued a case before the PA Commonwealth Court regarding whether our client, a church, was barred by the statute of limitations to seek just compensate for the partial taking of its property.  In In re: Condemnation of…
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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/
  • Jul 31

    Court Restates Standard of Review for Zoning Board Decision

    Court Restates Standard of Review for Zoning Board Decision
    The Appellate Division restated the limited nature of judicial review of the decisions of a Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Jun 30

    Town Zoning Law May Ban Hydrofracking in New York

    Town Zoning Law May Ban Hydrofracking in New York
    The New York Court of Appeals validated a local zoning laws that banned hydrofracking in two Towns.
  • May 25

    Takings Claim Ripe Despite No Final Determination

    Takings Claim Ripe Despite No Final Determination
    The Second Circuit Court of Appeals held there was a claim that was ripe for adjudication, in view of the ten years of delay in processing the Plaintiffs application, even though there was no final determination on Plaintiff's subdivision…
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Climate Change Attorney Blog

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Covers climate change, greenhouse gases, and environmental regulations. By Silverberg Zalantis LLP.

http://www.climatechangeattorney.com/
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Claimer.org

Claimer.org

Covers environmental and climate change liability theories and current practical climate change Litigation applications in court cases in the U.S., Europe, and international jurisdictions.

http://news.claimer.org/
  • Jul 25

    Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability?

    Multi-national NGOs finally turning towards climate change liability?
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  • Jun 16

    A new role for insurers in climate change compensation?

    A new role for insurers in climate change compensation?
    So far insurance companies were mainly on the passive side of climate change litigation lawsuits. However, this might change. The Article “Responding to Litigation Risk from Climate Change – Informed Decision making“ of Mark Baker-Jones…
  • May 29

    Recent articles on climate change litigation

    Recent articles on climate change litigation
    Current state of climate change litigation  “Legal avenues to fight climate change are limited, but growing”, says Sharon Turner. She stresses “the injustices of climate change”, for which she assumes that the victims of climate…
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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/
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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/
  • Jul 16

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard

    Massachusetts Revises Its Building Code Adding Increased Energy Efficiency Standard
    Following up on my post dated November 15, 2012, as of July 1, 2014, the International Energy Conservation Code (“IECC”) 2012 went into effect, replacing the former baseline building energy code regulations.  The…
  • Jun 18

    A Lesson From Somerville: Better Zoning Promotes Economic Growth

    A Lesson From Somerville: Better Zoning Promotes Economic Growth
    Paul McMorrow wrote an interesting column in yesterday’s Boston Globe that deserves reading, particularly for those interested in crafting workable zoning codes and bylaws in our cities and towns.  The current zoning process in…
  • May 15

    SJC: Private Forest Land Eligible for Tax Exemption

    SJC: Private Forest Land Eligible for Tax Exemption
    As an update to our previous post, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) today reversed the Appellate Tax Board (ATB) and held that forest land owned by a private conservation organization should be exempt from local property taxes. The decision…
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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/
  • Jul 13

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2014, Issue #17

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2014, Issue #17
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News EPA to Review All Consent Decrees as per 2014 -2018 Strategic Plan As part of EPA's FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, the agency has set the goal of...
  • Jul 13

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update Annual Report for 2013

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update Annual Report for 2013
    The Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has published an E-Book entitled "NY Environmental Enforcement Update 2013 Annual Report." It is a compilation of the monthly 2013 NY Environmental Enforcement…
  • Jun 16

    Environmental Legislation Forum Focuses on NY Oil Transportation

    Environmental Legislation Forum Focuses on NY Oil Transportation
    By John Louis Parker and Jillian Kasow, Co-Chairs, Committee on Legislation On May 14, 2014, the Environmental Section held a successful and well-attended annual Legislative Forum and Luncheon. The Great Hall at New York State Bar Center,…
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Climate Change and Carbon…

Climate Change and Carbon Management Blog

Covers carbon capture and sequestration, clean tech, carbon markets, and renewable energy. By Alston + Bird LLP. Covers carbon capture and sequestration, clean tech, carbon markets, and renewable energy. By Alston + Bird LLP.Covers carbon capture and sequestration, clean tech, carbon markets, and renewable energy. By Alston + Bird LLP. Covers carbon capture and sequestration, clean tech, carbon markets, and renewable energy. By Alston + Bird LLP.

http://climate.alston.com/blog.aspx
  • Jul 11

    Vote For Us For Best Legal Blog

    Vote For Us For Best Legal Blog
    The American Bar Association (ABA) is accepting entries for their 100 best legal blogs. If you enjoy the content we produce, we ask that you please take the time to submit our blog for consideration. You can do so by visiting their site:…
  • May 30

    White House Set to Release Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plant

    White House Set to Release Carbon Rules for Existing Power Plant
    President Barack Obama is expected to release rules that will put a cap on carbon emissions from existing power plants on June 2. The rules will likely provide many contentious issues. One to keep an eye on is how states handle the rules as…
  • May 15

    CCS Bills In the Senate

    CCS Bills In the Senate
    Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) is trying to gain support from her colleagues for S. 2152, legislation that would increase the commercial availability of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology. The “Advanced Clean Coal Technology…
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