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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 27

    Is Your "E-Signature" Valid?

    Is Your "E-Signature" Valid?
    The prevalence of "I accept” check boxes on online contracts may have some people wondering whether one click of the mouse is as effective as signing your John Hancock?  The answer, for the most part, is yes.…
  • Aug 18

    A Response to NPR's Article about DIY Tractor Repair

    A Response to NPR's Article about DIY Tractor Repair
    A recent NPR story exclaims that “copyright law makes it illegal to repair [farm] machinery run by software.”  (DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul Of Copyright Law).  WIRED essentially ran this same article a few months ago…
  • Aug 10

    My Top Ten Farm Data Article

    My Top Ten Farm Data Article
    I've been writing about the legal issues surrounding farm data for a few years now.  Quite simply, farm data is the most exciting subject I've encountered in more than a dozen years practicing law. A farmer's ability to collect, share,…
Rank this Week: 3132

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 27

    Judge grants P.I. halting “waters of the U.S.” rule

    Judge grants P.I. halting “waters of the U.S.” rule
    Quick excerpt: "The Rule allows EPA regulation of waters that do not bear any effect on the 'chemical, physical, and biological integrity' of any navigable-in-fact water. While the Technical Support Document states that pollutants dumped into…
  • Aug 27

    Judge OKs subpoena for former EPA’er in Pebble mine case

    Judge OKs subpoena for former EPA’er in Pebble mine case
    A former EPA employee believed to be living in Australia will be deposed as part of a Federal Advisory Committee Act case involving the Pebble Mine (Pebble Limited Partnership v. EPA, 14-171-HRH, D. Alaska). The former employee, Phillip…
  • Aug 26

    Judge rejects latest attempt by irrigators to deny salmon Trinity River water

    Judge rejects latest attempt by irrigators to deny salmon Trinity River water
    Earthjustice press release: A federal judge today refused a request by a coalition of California Central Valley agribusiness and irrigators to turn off the water in northern California’s Trinity River. The Trinity is a tributary of the…
Rank this Week: 1247

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Aug 27

    EPA’s Clean Power Plan Protects Low-Income and Minority Communitie

    EPA’s Clean Power Plan Protects Low-Income and Minority Communitie
    When President Obama announced the final Clean Power Plan earlier this month, he predicted that some cynical critics would claim the plan harms minority and low-income communities. Then he chuckled and shook his head, because the truth is,…
  • Aug 27

    New Tool Helps Rural Communities Assess Opportunities for Smart Growth and Development

    New Tool Helps Rural Communities Assess Opportunities for Smart Growth and Development
    Rural communities are all around us. Covering the vast majority of the national landscape, small towns, villages, rangeland tribal areas, working forests, and farmlands are integral to the American economy, and home to nearly twenty per cent…
  • Aug 27

    The Proof is in the Pepper

    The Proof is in the Pepper
    by Jennie Saxe A few months back, I blogged about installing my first rain barrels. With the hot summer nearly in the rear-view mirror, I can report that rain barrels work…and they save money, too! How do I know that the rain barrels…
Rank this Week: 83

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: 1244

Switchboard

Switchboard

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

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Aug 27

    Water and Wastewater Systems Are Still At-Risk 10 Years after Katrina

    Water and Wastewater Systems Are Still At-Risk 10 Years after Katrina
    Ben Chou, Water Policy Analyst, Santa Monica, California: It's hard to believe that ten years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. I will always vividly remember that week in late August…
  • Aug 27

    NOAA Releases an Important Fisheries Climate Science Strategy

    NOAA Releases an Important Fisheries Climate Science Strategy
    Lisa Suatoni, Senior Scientist, New York: The Fisheries Climate Science Strategy released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an important and bold step by the agency to better manage…
  • Aug 27

    How the Dirty Air Campaign Opposing Safe Air for Americans Pushes Falsehoods About Job Losse

    How the Dirty Air Campaign Opposing Safe Air for Americans Pushes Falsehoods About Job Losse
    John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: Lobbyists for polluting industries and their political allies are ramping up attacks on safe air for all Americans, with an increasingly desperate campaign…
Rank this Week: 1677

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
Rank this Week: 385

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

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

http://envirolaw.com
  • Aug 27

    Should non-human animals have rights?

    Should non-human animals have rights?
    Who is a “person”? If corporations can be “persons”, why not chimpanzees? Do sentient non-human animals deserve legal rights? The Nonhuman Rights Project is a US civil rights organization working to achieve actual…
  • Aug 25

    The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?

    The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?
    In an worldwide first, the Hague District Court has ordered the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The decision, an English translation of which can be found…
  • Aug 24

    Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed

    Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed
    Can the Yukon government simply reject what the First Nations have to say about the exploitation of their traditional territory? Read more Read Pivotal lawsuit over the Peel River watershed on Environmental Law and Litigation!
Rank this Week: 453

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: 839

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Aug 26

    Team Auditing Solutions – iAuditor vs Nimonik

    Team Auditing Solutions – iAuditor vs Nimonik
    Bring on the Team: How Nimonik and iAuditor Compare for Multiple Auditors and Auditees At Nimonik we have spoken to countless potential clients, and upon discussing features, functionality and other solutions that are being considered, the…
  • Aug 24

    What is a Compliance Audit (and Who Needs One)?

    What is a Compliance Audit (and Who Needs One)?
    Corporate executives have a lot on their mind, but one of the top sources of stress is business risk. Managing legal compliance and quality control issues across complex operations is risky business and with growing numbers of fines being…
  • Aug 24

    Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Quality Checklists Free

    Natural Gas Pipeline Safety and Quality Checklists Free
    Nimonik works with a number of gas pipeline companies including ENSTAR Natural Gas in Alaska, Allied Pipelines and others. As such, we have converted some common and very useful gas pipeline checklists for quality, safety and environmental…
Rank this Week: 4172

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 26

    No Short Cuts Allowed: The FWS Must Comply with NEPA Before Extending Programmatic Take Permits to 30 Year

    No Short Cuts Allowed: The FWS Must Comply with NEPA Before Extending Programmatic Take Permits to 30 Year
    Earlier this month, the Judge Lucy Koh set aside the Fish & Wildlife Service’s decision to extend its programmatic permit for bald and golden eagle takes from five to 30 years.  The extension was sought by the wind industry for…
  • Aug 25

    Stop the Presses: RGGI Work

    Stop the Presses: RGGI Work
    When the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was first implemented, there were questions regarding how much of an impact it would actually have on GHG emissions.  I recall Ian Bowles, then Secretary of Environmental Affairs in…
  • Aug 21

    Is Superfund a Machine for Manufacturing Tea Party Members?

    Is Superfund a Machine for Manufacturing Tea Party Members?
    A group of PRPs received an oversight cost bill pursuant to a CERCLA consent decree.  (The following details are intentionally vague to protect both the innocent and the guilty.)  The bill was for several hundred thousand…
Rank this Week: 2673

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 26

    Helpful Tips for Reviewing your TRIM Notice

    Helpful Tips for Reviewing your TRIM Notice
    Those owning real property in Lee County have likely received their annual TRIM (Truth in Millage) Notice. From my experience of practicing in this area of the law, I have found that some questions continue to repeat every year once taxpayers…
  • Aug 20

    New Definitions of “Property Owner” and “Real Property” Affect Florida Law as of October 1, 2015

    New Definitions of “Property Owner” and “Real Property” Affect Florida Law as of October 1, 2015
    On October 1, 2015, various revisions to the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Act will take effect. On October 1, among other things, the definitions of “property owner” and “real property” will change as…
  • Aug 18

    What Options Do Owners Have to Take Possession of Real Property in Florida?

    What Options Do Owners Have to Take Possession of Real Property in Florida?
    With increasing frequency, I am receiving calls from people who want to remove someone from possession of a residence owned by the caller. Invariably, the caller insists that the possessor should be evicted, but upon closer inspection, the…
Rank this Week: 634

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: 2863

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/
  • Aug 24

    Supreme Court Sign Decision Widens the Limitations on Government Regulation

    Supreme Court Sign Decision Widens the Limitations on Government Regulation
    The decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, in which the Supreme Court applied a strict scrutiny test to local sign laws, initially drew little notice but it is already having far reaching implications. Sandwiched between high profile decisions…
  • Jul 31

    U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Local Sign Law

    U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Local Sign Law
    At the end of June, lost among the headlines about other rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a local sign law was unconstitutional. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2218 (2015) the Court broke new ground in interpreting permissible…
  • Jun 30

    City Did Not Impliedly Dedicate Land as Parkland

    City Did Not Impliedly Dedicate Land as Parkland
    The New York Court of Appeals held that the use of certain lands for park purposes under a memorandum of agreement or license/lease was not an implied permanent dedication for park purposes. In Matter of Glick v. Harvey the Court rejected the…
Rank this Week: 1862

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Aug 24

    Guest Post: Green Heating and Cooling Technologie

    Guest Post: Green Heating and Cooling Technologie
    [Clean Air Watch from time to time accepts guest posts that we think are of general interest. Today's post on Green Heating and Cooling Technologies is from Sarah Smith.  We were particularly intrigued because we had to look up one of…
  • Aug 11

    Important study: further cuts in NOx emissions could pay off big for smog control

    Important study: further cuts in NOx emissions could pay off big for smog control
    Here is an interesting new study which just came my way.  It is technical, but it is quite on point as EPA considers what to do about the ozone standard.  Study refutes concept of diminishing returns for smog controlBasically, it…
  • Jul 31

    Guest Post: How Green are Green Vehicles? Why Fuel Efficiency Isn’t the Only Factor

    Guest Post: How Green are Green Vehicles? Why Fuel Efficiency Isn’t the Only Factor
    (Clean Air Watch periodically accepts guest posts of general interest.  Today's provocative post is from Jon Wikstrom)In 2013, the Motor Trend Car of the Year award was given to a surprising new company that promised to change the way we…
Rank this Week: 726

GREENberg bLAWg

GREENberg bLAWg

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

http://environmentallawblog.greenbergglusker.com/
Rank this Week: 4128

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

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

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Aug 24

    Guess Who Benefits From Regulating Power Plant

    Guess Who Benefits From Regulating Power Plant
    What parts of the country benefit most from the series of new EPA rules addressing pollution from coal-fired power plants?  The answer is not what you think. EPA does a thorough cost-benefit analysis of its regulations but…
  • Aug 17

    Dueling Laws and the Clean Power Plan

    Dueling Laws and the Clean Power Plan
    One of the most serious legal challenges to EPA’s Clean Power Plan — and probably the only one that could completely derail it — involves an exceptionally abstruse legal issue.  When Congress tried to amend an…
  • Aug 17

    And a Child Shall Sue Them: Ambitious New Climate Lawsuit Filed Against Obama Administration

    And a Child Shall Sue Them: Ambitious New Climate Lawsuit Filed Against Obama Administration
    Late last week, attorneys representing children from around the nation filed a provocative new lawsuit in federal court, arguing that the Obama Administration is violating the children’s constitutional rights by not taking far more…
Rank this Week: 744

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
Rank this Week: 4609

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 23

    The Basics of Wetland and Stream Permitting

    The Basics of Wetland and Stream Permitting
    Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), you cannot impact a federally protected stream or wetland unless you obtain a 404 permit from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE).See 33 U.S.C. §§ 1344(a), 1362(7). If you trigger the need for a 404…
  • Aug 19

    Key Eligibility Issue Needs to be Decided for New Underground Storage Tank Fund

    Key Eligibility Issue Needs to be Decided for New Underground Storage Tank Fund
    I previously posted about the new $20 million dollar cleanup fund created to address old gas stations.  The fund with be operated by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA).   The fund will provide up to $100,00 for sampling and…
  • Aug 10

    Clean Power Plan- An Ambitious Plan with Serious Legal Issue

    Clean Power Plan- An Ambitious Plan with Serious Legal Issue
    On August 3rd, the Obama Administration and U.S. EPA released the much-anticipated final Clean Power Plan designed to curtail greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.  The regulations promise to be the most comprehensive,…
Rank this Week: 1047

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 23

    Court Blows Away Permits for Wind Turbine Eagle Kill

    Court Blows Away Permits for Wind Turbine Eagle Kill
    On August 11, a federal court set aside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule allowing 30 year permits to “take” bald and golden eagles. In an industry born from tax credits and government energy policies an interruption of one…
  • Aug 14

    Climate Change Disclosures by Public Companie

    Climate Change Disclosures by Public Companie
    In recent weeks this law firm has received more inquiries than at any time in recent years about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s disclosure requirements for public companies as they apply to climate change matters. Possibly the…
  • Aug 8

    Litigation over First LEED Platinum Building Comes to an End

    Litigation over First LEED Platinum Building Comes to an End
    On July 23, 2015, the parties in the lawsuit The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Inc., et al v. Weyerhaeuser Company, et al, pending in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, filed a Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice following a confidential…
Rank this Week: 1043

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/
  • Aug 23

    Registration is Now Open For Environmental Fall Meeting

    Registration is Now Open For Environmental Fall Meeting
    Registration for the upcoming Fall Meeting is now open! Below are some details: Fall Meeting October 2-4, 2015 The Gideon Putnam Resort Saratoga Springs, NY Attendees can get up to 8.0 MCLE credit hours over the course of the weekend,...
  • Aug 1

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update, June 2015, Vol. II, # 6

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update, June 2015, Vol. II, # 6
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2015 Enforcement News Hudson PCB Dredging - Was It Worth It? Later this year, General Electric Co. expects to finish six years spent removing 2.7 million cubic yards of PCB…
  • Jul 5

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2015, Vol. 2, #5

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update May 2015, Vol. 2, #5
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2015 Enforcement News DEC Hits Hospitals with Hazardous Waste Violations Two Troy, NY hospitals were penalized almost $35,000 for numerous hazardous waste violations, including…
Rank this Week: 2145

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/
  • Aug 21

    EPA MUST CONSIDER COSTS OF REGULATING NEW SOURCES OF POLLUTION

    EPA MUST CONSIDER COSTS OF REGULATING NEW SOURCES OF POLLUTION
    The Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) placed national limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The agency projected MATS to prevent 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks and…
  • Aug 21

    Dallas repeals its plastic-bag ordinance

    Dallas repeals its plastic-bag ordinance
    The Dallas City Council passed the ordinance in 2014, in an effort to move shoppers away from the bags by requiring stores to charge 5 cents for each bag requested by the shopper. As we know here in California, the...
  • Aug 21

    EPA IN RETREAT

    EPA IN RETREAT
    Nothing lasts forever, which is what the federal Environmental Protection Agency may be finding out. Formed in the very early 1970’s under President Richard Nixon, EPA for the last 45 years has become a sacrosanct agency, revered by…
Rank this Week: 1110

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: 682

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/
  • Aug 21

    Oil industry since 1990s misleading public opinion on climate change

    Oil industry since 1990s misleading public opinion on climate change
    (Image Union of Concerned Scientists) Exxon and other carbon majors like BP, Chevron, Phillips and Shell were at least since the 1980s aware of the links between fossil fuels and global warming. Despite that knowledge they were promoting at…
  • Jul 16

    Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated

    Norway: chances for getting climate change damage compensation higher than previously estimated
    Prime Minister of Norway Jens Stoltenberg talking with Ban Ki-moon at the COP17 Summit in 2011. In a previous blogpost, we have taken the view that the chances for getting compensation for climate change damages in Norway are rather…
  • Apr 6

    New climate change compensation case in Germany

    New climate change compensation case in Germany
    The disputed Laguna Palcacocha at risk of flooding the city of Huaraz in Peru due to Climate Change (image 2002 Georg Kaser) According to The Guardian, a Peruvian farmer asks a German coal mining and energy giant (RWE) to pay a share a 0.5%…
Rank this Week: 4756

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/
  • Aug 20

    The Complex Web of Insurance Coverage And Construction Losse

    The Complex Web of Insurance Coverage And Construction Losse
    The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently issued a decision that sheds light on the interplay between multiple insurance policies allegedly covering the same construction project.  The project was a renovation of a second floor bathroom…
  • Jun 29

    BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down New EPA Rules on Mercury Emission

    BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down New EPA Rules on Mercury Emission
    In a blow to the Obama Administration’s efforts to phase out coal-fired power plants and encourage energy production from renewable resources, the United States Supreme Court has thrown out the Environmental Protection Agency’s…
  • Jun 23

    Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Seminar

    Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Seminar
    On July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law takes effect.  As many of you are aware, the Attorney General’s Office has been busy hosting public hearings concerning their proposed regulations related to the Earned Sick…
Rank this Week: 2070

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/
Rank this Week: 2150

MGKF Litigation Blog

MGKF Litigation Blog

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

http://www.mgkflitigationblog.com/
Rank this Week: 4970

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 14

    Summer Break

    Summer Break
    Subscribers & Readers Note: WIMS will be on summer break for the next two weeks. We will resume publication on August 31, 2015.   During the break you can stay on top of many news events and…
  • Aug 13

    Berks County v. U.S. EPA

    Berks County v. U.S. EPA
    <> Berks County v. U.S. EPA - 8/11/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, Case No. 14-2913. Non-precedential opinion. The Appeals Court said, "PetitionerBerksCounty…
  • Aug 12

    Tobias Chavez v. Dole Food Company Inc

    Tobias Chavez v. Dole Food Company Inc
    <> Tobias Chavez v. Dole Food Company Inc - 8/11/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 13-4144. The Panel said, "This appeal is but a facet of procedurally intricate…
Rank this Week: 622

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/
Rank this Week: 5081

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

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

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 555

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

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

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
  • Aug 12

    Court Invalidates 30-Year Permit Provisions of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Eagle Permit Rule on NEPA Ground

    Court Invalidates 30-Year Permit Provisions of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Eagle Permit Rule on NEPA Ground
    As we discussed in this post from May 2014, the American Bird Conservancy (“ABC”) in 2014 filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“USFWS”) 2013 revisions to its eagle permit rule,…
  • Jun 15

    Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law

    Gov. Dayton Signs 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law
    On Saturday, June 13, Governor Dayton signed the 2015 Jobs and Energy Bill into Law.  Our prior coverage of this bill can be found here and here.  The following amendments were made after the Governor’s veto: New definitions…
  • Jun 11

    MN Special Session Jobs and Energy Bill Posted

    MN Special Session Jobs and Energy Bill Posted
    As a follow up to our prior coverage, Governor Dayton vetoed the jobs and energy bill that passed in the final few minutes of the 2015 regular legislative session.  Governor Dayton’s veto letter can be found here. After significant…
Rank this Week: 1318

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 12

    Animas River Spill – A Double Standard??

    Animas River Spill – A Double Standard??
    Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency “accidentally” spilled nearly three million (3,000,000) gallons of contaminated wastewater from the Gold King mine in Colorado into the Animas River. The spill occurred…
  • Jun 24

    USEPA Video

    USEPA Video
    The USEPA Criminal Enforcement Division has several videos that are available on the USEPA YouTube Channel. http://www2.epa.gov/enforcement/criminal-enforcement-videos The various videos are informative as to the various functions undertaken…
  • Jun 17

    USEPA Enforcement Prioritie

    USEPA Enforcement Prioritie
    The USEPA does have set priorities for its enforcement programs. If you have ever wondered what they were, here are the current priorities, both nationally and for Region VI. The National Enforcement Initiatives are also the Office of…
Rank this Week: 577

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/
  • Aug 11

    Land Use and Planning Law Can be Beautiful--Literally

    Land Use and Planning Law Can be Beautiful--Literally
    Here is a word cloud of Waikiki Special District regulations under Revised Ordinances of Honolulu sections 21-9.80 through 21-9.80-9.A word cloud is an image composed of words used in a particular text, in which the size of each word…
  • Jul 10

    9th Circuit Court: Conservation Efforts Outweigh Economic Impact

    9th Circuit Court: Conservation Efforts Outweigh Economic Impact
    The appeal in Building Industry Association v. U.S. Department of Commerce arose under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) and the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”).  It required the 9th Circuit Court…
  • Jun 15

    California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose Inclusionary Zoning Policy

    California Supreme Court Upholds San Jose Inclusionary Zoning Policy
    In Cal. Bldg. Industry Assn. v. City of San Jose (opinion filed on June 15, 2015), the California Supreme Court upheld San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance that requires new residential developments to sell 15 percent of…
Rank this Week: 921

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: 1796

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 8

    The Perils of Cleaning up the Environment

    The Perils of Cleaning up the Environment
    Last summer, my family and I went rafting down the Animas River in Durango, Colorado. I took this picture during the trip: This is what the Animas River looks like today: The orange colored water you see here contains sediment...
  • Aug 5

    Does the Waters of the United States Rule Give Up Key Protections?

    Does the Waters of the United States Rule Give Up Key Protections?
    An intriguing little sub-drama is unfolding with the new EPA/Army Corps jurisdictional rule. Late in the rulemaking process, EPA added a limitation that would place most wetlands located more than 4,000 feet from a “tributary” outside the…
  • Jul 26

    The Bionic Earth - Tipping Toward Biological or Mechanical?

    The Bionic Earth - Tipping Toward Biological or Mechanical?
    This month NASA released a new photo of Earth, taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite. The satellite was launched in February, 2015 and actually orbits the Earth at a distance 4 times further out than the orbit of...
Rank this Week: 998

Environmental Law Blog

Environmental Law Blog

By Thorn & Associates.

http://www.thornenvironmentallaw.com/blog/
  • Aug 7

    Chicago Urban Agriculture

    Chicago Urban Agriculture
    Urban agriculture represents an innovative and ecofriendly method of growing and consuming food. In the city of Chicago, urban agriculture is regulated under section 17-2-0207 of the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. The Ordinance updates use…
  • Jul 31

    Phase 1 Environmental Assessment

    Phase 1 Environmental Assessment
    Often those completing a real estate transaction on a potentially environmentally contaminated property seek to limit liability under federal Superfund statute (CERCLA). A Phase I environmental site assessment is an initial step in…
  • Jul 24

    Illinois Water Systems Notice of Violation

    Illinois Water Systems Notice of Violation
    Within the past year Illinois EPA has issued numerous violation notices to water systems for failing to check chlorine residue and fluoride levels daily. When issuing these violations, IEPA cites both 35 IAC 653.605 and 35 IAC 653.704, and…
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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 5

    State Agencies Cannot Use State Budgetary Uncertainties to Escape Mitigation Obligations under CEQA

    State Agencies Cannot Use State Budgetary Uncertainties to Escape Mitigation Obligations under CEQA
    By Neill Brower The California Supreme court determined the California State University ("CSU") could not rely solely on earmarked appropriations from the State Legislature for payment of "fair share" mitigation fees the CSU determined…
  • Apr 13

    Government & Land Use Lawyer Daniel F. Freedman Joins Jeffer Mangels in Los Angele

    Government &amp; Land Use Lawyer Daniel F. Freedman Joins Jeffer Mangels in Los Angele
    Los Angeles -- The Government, Land Use, Environment & Energy Group of Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to welcome Daniel Freedman as an associate in its Los Angeles office. Mr. Freedman's experience includes…
  • Mar 20

    Land Use Lawyer: Football in Los Angeles? It's All About The Land.

    Land Use Lawyer: Football in Los Angeles? It's All About The Land.
    By Benjamin M. Reznik The Los Angeles area, which once boasted two professional football teams, has been without an NFL franchise for twenty years. That's not to say there haven't been several stadium proposals during that time, among them…
Rank this Week: 1301

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

    US House Bill Introduced Seeking To Limit Eminent Domain Power

    US House Bill Introduced Seeking To Limit Eminent Domain Power
    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has introduced legislation in the US House seeking to prevent state and local governments from using eminent domain for economic development. The “Private Property Rights Protection Act” would…
  • Jul 31

    California Considers Appraiser Regulatory Legislation

    California Considers Appraiser Regulatory Legislation
    The California legislature in considering legislation seeking to modernize its regulatory system. It has been passed by the State Assembly and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and currently is pending in the…
  • Jul 31

    TX Updates Appraiser Law

    TX Updates Appraiser Law
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 1007 which amends the TX appraiser licensing and certification law. The bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2016. According to the Appraisal Institute, SB 1007 includes provisions related to three…
Rank this Week: 2754

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/
  • Jul 29

    EPA and the Army Corps Seeking to Consolidate Challenges to Recently Issued “Waters of the United States” Rule

    EPA and the Army Corps Seeking to Consolidate Challenges to Recently Issued “Waters of the United States” Rule
    Since the EPA and the Army Corps published the final rule defining “waters of the United States” on June 29, 2015, 72 plaintiffs have already filed ten separate complaints in eight federal district courts challenging the final…
  • Jul 28

    Commercial Lease Guaranties From Foreign Entities: What You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Security

    Commercial Lease Guaranties From Foreign Entities: What You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Security
    In connection with a commercial lease with an international company, a commercial landlord is often asked to accept U.S.-based subsidiary as the tenant entity.  The U.S. subsidiary often does not have independent financials or credit…
  • Jul 28

    Upcoming Speaking Engagement

    Upcoming Speaking Engagement
    Fourth Annual California EB-5 Conference Featuring Keynote Speaker Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Sheppard Mullin is proud to announce that both John Tishler and Michael Gibson will be participating as panelists at the…
Rank this Week: 414

Green Building Law

Green Building Law

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

http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 991

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

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

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Jun 29

    Geolocation Privacy in the Workplace: A Student's Perspective

    Geolocation Privacy in the Workplace: A Student's Perspective
    Please find below an excellent blog post by Conor Barry, a student intern at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Founcation (USGIF), giving his perspective on a lawsuit that was recently filed concerning geolocation privacy in the…
  • Feb 18

    How White House Privacy Rules Will Impact Commercial Use of UAV

    How White House Privacy Rules Will Impact Commercial Use of UAV
    There has been a great deal written recently about the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) release of proposed regulation concerning the commercial use of Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAVs) – or drones. (An informative…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 2740

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Climate Change Attorney Blog

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

http://www.climatechangeattorney.com/
  • Jun 28

    New York DEC Prepares to Address Sea Level Rise

    New York DEC Prepares to Address Sea Level Rise
    Recent legislation has directed the New York Department of Environmental Conservation ("DEC") to prepare regulations addressing projections of sea level rise, along with adaptation strategies. As a part of that process the DEC held a series…
  • Mar 28

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015
    A bill has been submitted in Congress that if adopted will completely alter Federal energy policies and restrict or eliminate the ability of federal agencies to regulate activities that have potentially significant environmental impacts.. The…
  • Mar 28

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015

    Proposed American Energy Renaissance Act of 2015
    A bill has been submitted in Congress that if adopted will completely alter Federal energy policies and restrict or eliminate the ability of federal agencies to regulate activities that have potentially significant environmental impacts.
Rank this Week: 2029

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/
  • Jun 23

    Congress Seeks to End Run Federal Aviation Administration on Drone Rule

    Congress Seeks to End Run Federal Aviation Administration on Drone Rule
    Apparently impatient with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (“FAA”) slow progress in developing rules governing the commercial operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (“UAV” or “drones”), Senators…
  • Jun 2

    FAA Requires New Integrated Model for Noise and Air Quality Impact Analysi

    FAA Requires New Integrated Model for Noise and Air Quality Impact Analysi
    In a marked change in longtime Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) policy regarding analysis of noise and air quality impacts from FAA initiated, directed or funded projects, FAA has substituted a single new model for the long…
  • May 22

    Global Awards 2015 Corporate LiveWire

    Global Awards 2015 Corporate LiveWire
     Please note the award granted to the aviation practice at Buchalter Nemer by clicking here.
Rank this Week: 2772

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: 1720

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/
  • Jun 15

    We Have Moved

    We Have Moved
    This blog has moved to http://www.hydraulicfrackingblog.com/ ... you should be redirected shortly.
  • Jun 8

    Legislative Activity Update - Ten Pennsylvania Bills, Including New Severance Tax Bill

    Legislative Activity Update - Ten Pennsylvania Bills, Including New Severance Tax Bill
    The following already-introduced bill has been acted upon by the Pennsylvania General Assembly:PA House Bill 621      Format of documents recording lease assignmentsSponsor:Sandra Major (Republican – parts of…
  • Jun 8

    Legislative Activity Update - Ten Pennsylvania Bills, Including New Severance Tax Bill

    Legislative Activity Update - Ten Pennsylvania Bills, Including New Severance Tax Bill
    The following already-introduced bill has been acted upon by the Pennsylvania General Assembly:PA House Bill 621      Format of documents recording lease assignmentsSponsor:Sandra Major (Republican – parts of…
Rank this Week: 2995

The New Carbon Cycle

The New Carbon Cycle

Covers laws and policies surrounding climate change, carbon trading and markets, and renewable energy. By Scott Deatherage of Thompson & Knight LLP.

http://lawandenvironment.typepad.com/newcarboncycle/
  • May 22

    China may be imposing greater carbon…

    China may be imposing greater carbon redutions than previously announced. http://carbon-pulse.com/chinas-new-carbon-target-for-industry-paves-way-for-earlier-ghg-peak-analysts/ [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full…
  • Apr 29

    Client Receives Greenhouse Gas Permit for $1.2 Billion Natural Gas Power Plant in West Texa

    Client Receives Greenhouse Gas Permit for $1.2 Billion Natural Gas Power Plant in West Texa
    EPA Region 6 just issued the following press release for a permit granted to our client governing green house gas emissions. Permit allows construction of $1.2 billion natural-gas fired plant; will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit…
  • Apr 19

    What Do “Primordial Soup” and Climate Change Solutions Have in Common?

    What Do “Primordial Soup” and Climate Change Solutions Have in Common?
    In my last blog, I mentioned the class I am teaching at in Climate Change Law at the University of Texas Law School. One of my classes I mentioned consisted of inviting several companies and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my…
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