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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: 791

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/
  • Dec 20

    Great Lakes wolf ruling by U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell

    Great Lakes wolf ruling by U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell
    Issued Dec. 19, 2014. 111 pages. More links here.
  • Dec 19

    Sea Shepherd, Watson found in contempt by Ninth Circuit

    Sea Shepherd, Watson found in contempt by Ninth Circuit
    The Ninth Circuit has found Sea Shepherd, founder Paul Watson and six volunteer members of the Sea Shepherd US board in contempt of court for violating an injunction that forbade the group’s ships from coming within 500 yards of…
  • Dec 19

    Great Lakes wolves listed again, per federal judge’s ruling

    Great Lakes wolves listed again, per federal judge’s ruling
    Howell, in D.C., reinstates protections in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Here’s the order and the Humane Society news release. Cannot seem to access the D.C. ECF site, otherwise I’d have the (111-page) opinion, which will be…
Rank this Week: 1143

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/
  • Dec 19

    LA Mayor Proposes Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Commercial and Residential Building

    LA Mayor Proposes Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting for Commercial and Residential Building
    Capping a year-long partnership between the City of Los Angeles and Dr. Lucy Jones, a well-known seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, Mayor Eric Garcetti released  “Resilience by Design” last week, a plan…
  • Dec 19

    California Supreme Court to Review Denial of Homeowner’s Private Beach Acce

    California Supreme Court to Review Denial of Homeowner’s Private Beach Acce
    In the case of Lynch v. California Coastal Commission (D064120; Cal.App.4th 658; San Diego Superior Court; 37-2011-00058666-CU-WM-NC), the California Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the decision by the Fourth Appellate…
  • Dec 18

    Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Set to Expire at Year End

    Terrorism Risk Insurance Act Set to Expire at Year End
    The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) now appears set to expire as of December 31, 2014, barring further action from Congress.  The Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2014[1] would have extended the existing…
Rank this Week: 4368

Switchboard

Switchboard

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

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/
  • Dec 19

    What might the future look like if we took climate change seriously?

    What might the future look like if we took climate change seriously?
    Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San Francisco: A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance…
  • Dec 19

    2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review

    2014 Meant More Renewables In More Places For Less Money: The Year In Review
    Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City: Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments   This year, the already good news about renewable energy in the United…
  • Dec 19

    Success Story from Vibrant Gujarat: Evaluating Ahmedabad's Heat Action Plan

    Success Story from Vibrant Gujarat: Evaluating Ahmedabad's Heat Action Plan
    Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco: Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative Located in the hot and urbanizing northwestern corner of India, the state of Gujarat is abuzz with anticipation for the…
Rank this Week: 1039

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/
  • Dec 19

    EDITORIAL: U.S. Senate leaves Great Lakes high and dry

    EDITORIAL: U.S. Senate leaves Great Lakes high and dry
    Subscribers Note: WIMS will not be publishing for the next two weeks of Christmas & New Years. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy & safe holiday season. We'll be back on Monday, January 5,…
  • Dec 18

    EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

    EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
    <> EPA Awards Additional GLRI Funding to Federal and State Agencies to Expand Efforts to Target Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie - U.S EPA announced the award of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative…
  • Dec 17

    Great Lakes News for 12/17/14

    Great Lakes News for 12/17/14
    <> Ohio EPA grant targets runoff feeding Lake Erie algae - Ohio's environmental regulators are handing out a grant that will be aimed at reducing farm runoff that contributes to algae in Lake Erie. …
Rank this Week: 3940

eNewsUSA

eNewsUSA

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

http://enewsusa.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 19

    Supporting Water Projects that Communities Want

    Supporting Water Projects that Communities Want
    Subscribers & Readers Note: WIMS will not be publishing for the next two weeks of Christmas & New Years. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy & safe holiday season. We'll be back on…
  • Dec 18

    New York State Recommends Halt To High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing

    New York State Recommends Halt To High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing
    <> New York State Recommends Halt To High-volume Hydraulic Fracturing - The state Department of Health has completed its public health review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and…
  • Dec 17

    President Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Future Oil and Gas Drilling

    President Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Future Oil and Gas Drilling
    <> President Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Future Oil and Gas Drilling - President Obama designated the pristine waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to consideration for oil and gas…
Rank this Week: 4203

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom:…

LexisNexis Legal Newsroom: Environmental

Covers environmental law news.

http://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/default.aspx
  • Dec 19

    Blog Post: Project Finance MVP: Shearman's Cynthia Urda Kassi

    Blog Post: Project Finance MVP: Shearman's Cynthia Urda Kassi
    Seasoned dealmaker Cynthia Urda Kassis embraced improved lending conditions to advise multibillion-dollar mining projects across the Americas in 2014, while also adding to her resume several lucrative deals emerging from a robust energy…
  • Dec 19

    Blog Post: US, China Forge Ahead On GMOs, Other Commercial Issue

    Blog Post: US, China Forge Ahead On GMOs, Other Commercial Issue
    U.S. trade officials wrapped up a three-day summit with their Chinese counterparts late Thursday, touting progress on a slew of bilateral commercial irritants, including Beijing's anti-monopoly enforcement, approval of genetically modified…
  • Dec 19

    Blog Post: Contracting With Inverted Corporations: The Latest Rule

    Blog Post: Contracting With Inverted Corporations: The Latest Rule
    The recent flurry of inversion-related actions from a variety of government authorities, including two new rulemaking actions from the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council, have resulted in regulatory thicket of restrictions and obligations…
Rank this Week: 624

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/
  • Dec 19

    USEPA Announces 2014 Annual Environmental Enforcement Result

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

    John Cruden

    John Cruden
    John Cruden has finally been confirmed as the new Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division. In his statement announcing the confirmation, Eric Holder praised John: “John has already devoted more than…
  • Oct 29

    The Beginning of an Investigation

    The Beginning of an Investigation
    The first time the regulated community ever finds out about an investigation is when an inspection is conducted or a search warrant is executed. Here is a brief description of the statutory requirements that set out the various…
Rank this Week: 970

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/
  • Dec 19

    Proof and Causation Matter: District Court Declines to Penalize ExxonMobil in Texas Citizen Suit

    Proof and Causation Matter: District Court Declines to Penalize ExxonMobil in Texas Citizen Suit
    On Wednesday, Judge David Hittner, of the District Court for the Southern District of Texas, in a decision long enough to require two separate pdfs, declined to impose an injunction or penalties (plaintiffs sought $642,697,500) against…
  • Dec 18

    Virginia Proposes Nutrient Trading Regulations: Established Concept, New Medium

    Virginia Proposes Nutrient Trading Regulations: Established Concept, New Medium
    This week, Virginia formally proposed Nutrient Trading Certification Regulations.  The program will establish a market in phosphorus and nitrogen removal credits.  Although the program is welcome news, it should be neither…
  • Dec 17

    Cole Porter Was Right: The Economic Cost of Climate Change

    Cole Porter Was Right: The Economic Cost of Climate Change
    There has already been significant discussion of the economic impacts of climate change.  Damage from catastrophic events, the cost to build adaptation measures such as sea walls; these have all been examined.  Now, a National…
Rank this Week: 3967

Legal Planet

Legal Planet

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

http://legalplanet.wordpress.com/
  • Dec 19

    An Administrative Overreach?

    An Administrative Overreach?
    The White House has proposed new guidelines on how to treat greenhouse gas emissions in environmental impact statements.  Basically, the document recommends a quantitative analysis of carbon emissions whenever emissions exceed 25,000…
  • Dec 16

    Can We Control Climate Change and Still Have Economic Growth? (Part II)

    Can We Control Climate Change and Still Have Economic Growth? (Part II)
    Yesterday’s post discussed economic growth and how it relates in principle to carbon emissions.  Basically, economic growth just means that people will be getting goods and services they prefer over today’s goods…
  • Dec 15

    Looking Back at COP20: How Should We Feel?

    Looking Back at COP20: How Should We Feel?
    As you’ve probably heard by now, this year’s UN climate change conference has produced an agreement, the “Lima Accord.” The Accord invites each of the nearly 200 negotiating countries to develop an…
Rank this Week: 613

Renewable + Law

Renewable + Law

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

http://www.lawofrenewableenergy.com/
Rank this Week: 1700

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/
  • Dec 17

    The Year in Reverse: A Look Back at 2014

    The Year in Reverse: A Look Back at 2014
    Each year I try to take a look back at the big legal stories in agriculture. This year, the usual wrangling over environmental and livestock issues took a back seat to drones and “big data.” But there was still a big fight over…
  • Dec 11

    See You at the IN/IL Farm Show on December 16, 2014

    See You at the IN/IL Farm Show on December 16, 2014
    I'm presenting this year again at the Indiana/Illinois Farm Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Each year, Hoosier Ag Today hosts a series of seminars on different topics for attendees.  I'll be on stage on December 16, 2014 at 11:00…
  • Dec 6

    Questions to Ask About Your Data Privacy Policy

    Questions to Ask About Your Data Privacy Policy
    AgGateway recently introduced its latest whitepaper on data privacy best practices for the agricultural industry. For those unfamiliar with AgGateway, it is a non-profit consortium of businesses serving the agriculture industry, with the…
Rank this Week: 3356

GreenLaw

GreenLaw

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

http://greenlaw.blogs.law.pace.edu/
Rank this Week: 1154

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/
  • Dec 17

    179D Tax Deduction Brought Back to Life in the Tax Extenders Bill

    179D Tax Deduction Brought Back to Life in the Tax Extenders Bill
    Last night the 113th Congress passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act, better known as the tax extenders bill, when H.R. 5771 passed the Senate 76 to 16. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.  And while…
  • Dec 14

    ICC 700 Authorized by National Defense Authorization Act for 2015

    ICC 700 Authorized by National Defense Authorization Act for 2015
    While many have focused on the funding to fight the Islamic State terrorist group or the 1 percent boost in military pay, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 makes a major change in green building across this nation when it…
  • Nov 28

    2015 IgCC Has Been Approved

    2015 IgCC Has Been Approved
    On November 14, the International Code Council announced that the 2015 version of the International Green Construction Code had been approved. News of the approval has not circulated widely, likely in part because the announcement was a bit…
Rank this Week: 1716

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/
  • Dec 17

    Aransas Project v. Bryan Shaw, et al

    Aransas Project v. Bryan Shaw, et al
    <> Aransas Project v. Bryan Shaw, et al - 12/16/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, Case No. 13-40317. Petition for rehearing en banc the case involving the deaths of 23…
  • Dec 17

    Conservation Congress v. Finley

    Conservation Congress v. Finley
    <> Conservation Congress v. Finley - 12/16/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 12-16916. The court again considers the fate of the threatened Northern Spotted Owl, …
  • Dec 12

    Associated Builders and Contractors v. Patricia Shiu

    Associated Builders and Contractors v. Patricia Shiu
    <> Associated Builders and Contractors v. Patricia Shiu – 12/12/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 14-5076. Associated Builders, representing federal contractors challenge…
Rank this Week: 1931

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/
Rank this Week: 620

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/
  • Dec 17

    North Dakota adopts heightened safety standards for the transportation of oil by rail

    North Dakota adopts heightened safety standards for the transportation of oil by rail
    The increase in the number of accidents involving the transportation of oil by rail has increased the scrutiny on shippers of Bakken crude oil. In response, the United States Department of Transportation has proposed new rules to govern the…
  • Dec 16

    Methane emissions from fracking on the decline

    Methane emissions from fracking on the decline
    Anti-fracking groups have been clamoring over the negative impact fracking has on the environment. One of the primary arguments raised by these groups is that fracking leads to high methane emissions. A newly released study suggests that…
  • Dec 15

    Pennsylvania fracking trade secret rule in jeopardy

    Pennsylvania fracking trade secret rule in jeopardy
    The fluids used during hydraulic fracturing are an integral component of the fracking process. Although the fracking fluids are primarily composed of water and sand, manufacturers add varying amounts of chemicals to the fluids. The…
Rank this Week: 279

Greenversations

Greenversations

Official blog of US EPA.

http://blog.epa.gov/blog
  • Dec 16

    Home Page Going Mobile

    Home Page Going Mobile
    By Danny Hart Did you know we have a mobile website? For the last several years, this small version of our full site has provided a limited set of resources that work well on small screens. But it’s always been missing many features we…
  • Dec 12

    Let’s Talk About 40 Years of Safe Drinking Water

    Let’s Talk About 40 Years of Safe Drinking Water
    By Peter Grevatt This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. We’ve made such incredible progress in improving the safety of the water we drink over the past 40 years that today we almost take it for granted.…
  • Dec 10

    Food Waste Diversion is Key to a Sustainable Community

    Food Waste Diversion is Key to a Sustainable Community
    By Lillianne Brown Editor’s note: We’re happy to have this blog post from one of this year’s President’s Environmental Youth Award winners. Over 20% of our country’s landfills consist of food we throw away. When…
Rank this Week: 74

Spatial Law

Spatial Law

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

http://spatiallaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 16

    Spatial Law and Policy 2014 - The Year of the Drone

    Spatial Law and Policy 2014 - The Year of the Drone
    Each December, I have listed the top Spatial Law and Policy stories from the past year. (For those of you who have the time, it is interesting to go back over the past several years to see how the issues - and the technology - have evolved:…
  • Dec 7

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (December 4, 2014) - UAV

    Spatial Law and Policy Update (December 4, 2014) - UAV
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares an update for its members. The following are UAV-related links from the past week.Spy balloons give police new view of Jerusalem  (AP)Source: FAA will require Commercial Drone…
  • Nov 24

    Spatial Law and Policy Update - UAV

    Spatial Law and Policy Update - UAV
    Each week the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy prepares an update for its members. The following are UAV-related links from last week.Safety fears over ‘barking mad’ Amazon plan to test parcel-delivering drones in…
Rank this Week: 4421

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: 1804

Endangered Species Law & Policy

Endangered Species Law & Policy

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

http://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/
  • Dec 16

    Endangered Species Act Roundup – Three For the Price of One

    Endangered Species Act Roundup – Three For the Price of One
    Although there were some notable downperiods when it came to Endangered Species Act news over the past twelve months, the past few weeks have been anything but slow.  Below are a few of the more recent newsworthy items that…
  • Dec 9

    NMFS Publishes Corrected Proposed Critical Habitat Designation for Arctic Ringed Seal

    NMFS Publishes Corrected Proposed Critical Habitat Designation for Arctic Ringed Seal
    On December 9, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Secretary of Commerce published a revised proposed rule designating critical habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal.  The previous proposed rule was published here (and…
  • Dec 8

    Court Holds Small Business Administration and Farm Service Agency Must Consult on Loan Guarantee

    Court Holds Small Business Administration and Farm Service Agency Must Consult on Loan Guarantee
    A federal district court in Arkansas recently issued a decision clarifying that the obligation to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) extends to the Small Business Administration and the Farm Service Agency when…
Rank this Week: 5058

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: 3921

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/
  • Dec 15

    NPDES Permit Pre-Empts RCRA?

    NPDES Permit Pre-Empts RCRA?
    An interesting case involving the interplay of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and RCRA highlights the complexity of sites that trigger multiple environmental statutes.  The U.S. District Court of Maryland in Sherrill, et al. v. The Mayor and…
  • Dec 12

    Review of Compliance with Job Commitments in State Incentive Package

    Review of Compliance with Job Commitments in State Incentive Package
    The Attorney General's Office completed its review of compliance with job commitments the state received in exchange for various incentives.  Here is the summary of its findings: Workforce Compliance Rate: 100% (49 of 49 awards in…
  • Dec 1

    EPA's Long Anticipated Ozone Decision

    EPA's Long Anticipated Ozone Decision
    On November 25th, U.S. EPA finally issued the long anticipated proposal to reduce the ozone standard.  The EPA is proposing to revise both the primary and secondary standards to a level within the range of 65 parts per billion (ppb) to…
Rank this Week: 4409

Saxe Envirolaw News

Saxe Envirolaw News

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

http://envirolaw.com
  • Dec 15

    Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

    Four Big Ideas on Climate Change
    The UN climate convention conference that just wrapped up in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France next year and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were…
  • Dec 10

    Pollution Probe Honours Dokis First Nation Power Project

    Pollution Probe Honours Dokis First Nation Power Project
    Jennifer attended the 2014 Pollution Probe Gala to witness Chief Denise Restoule of the Dokis First Nation accept Pollution Probe’s 2014 Sustainability Award in connection with the Okikendawt Project—a 10 MW hydroelectric…
  • Dec 9

    Reducing confusion about Blue Box decision

    Reducing confusion about Blue Box decision
    the flaws in the rejected model are precisely why municipalities have received smaller payments since 2009. Now that this model has been discredited, municipalities will receive larger payments, just as they did in 2014 Read Reducing…
Rank this Week: 495

Nimonik

Nimonik

Covers Canadian environmental and energy law.

http://www.nimonik.com/blog/
  • Dec 12

    (Français) Listes de vérification CSST pour les entreprises québécoise

    (Français) Listes de vérification CSST pour les entreprises québécoise
    Sorry, this entry is only available in Français.
  • Nov 21

    Product Development Plans 2014-2015

    Product Development Plans 2014-2015
    Nimonik is always working to improve its service offerings and last year, we upgraded the system numerous times. In fact, we have completed nearly all of our goals and rolled out a number of updates that were announced in 2013 to both…
  • Nov 20

    NimonikApp and Nimonik headed for big upgrades in 2015

    NimonikApp and Nimonik headed for big upgrades in 2015
    Planned upgrades for Nimonik App and Nimonik Audit for Mobile Devices for the next year : October 2014 – 2015 A lot improved last year, we have completed nearly all of our goals and rolled out a number of updates to both NimonikApp and…
Rank this Week: 4155

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/
  • Dec 9

    Transit-Oriented Development Resource

    Transit-Oriented Development Resource
    As signs of the Honolulu Rail Transit Project appear on Oahu's landscape, TOD and Honolulu Rail are sure to be topics of discussion in 2015 and beyond.Rail columns in West Oahuwork their way East.Here are some resources for your reading…
  • Dec 2

    Can the State Land Use Commission Downzone Property that a Developer does not Develop in a Timely Manner?

    Can the State Land Use Commission Downzone Property that a Developer does not Develop in a Timely Manner?
    The short answer is yes--but it depends.In DW Aina Le‘a Development, LLC v. Bridge Aina Le‘a, LLC, the Hawaii Supreme Court considered whether the State Land Use Commission properly downzoned 1,060 acres of land slated for a…
  • Oct 14

    Three Charts Tell the Story of Hawaii's Energy Scorecard

    Three Charts Tell the Story of Hawaii's Energy Scorecard
    Residential cost of energy in Hawaii is nearly 200 percent over the national average--over 200 percent for natural gas.An overwhelming majority of energy in Hawaii is produced from imported fossil fuels (e.g., petroleum and coal).Hawaii's…
Rank this Week: 4484

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real…

On Solid Ground: The Mirick Real Estate Law Blog

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

http://mirickrealestatelawblog.com/
  • Dec 9

    ATB: Solar Energy Systems Exempt From Property Taxe

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

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager

    Superior Court Issues Significant Decision Regarding Construction Manager
    The Worcester Superior Court recently issued an important decision that could significantly affect the risk assumed by construction managers performing public projects under the M.G.L. c. 149A construction manager – at risk delivery…
  • Aug 28

    MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective

    MassDEP’s New Cleanup Regulations Are Now Effective
    As we reported earlier in guest posts from Adam Last of Corporate Environmental Advisors, Inc. here and here, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has long been working on significant revisions to the…
Rank this Week: 3080

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air Watch

Covers clean air laws and policies.

http://www.cleanairwatch.org/
  • Dec 9

    Why the US Chamber of Commerce is Wrong about Smog in National Park

    Why the US Chamber of Commerce is Wrong about Smog in National Park
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is ramping up its campaign to derail more health-protective national smog standards. Get ready for lots of hyperbole and misleading propaganda!   The Chamber, which has opposed clean air controls for…
  • Nov 26

    Quick Reaction to EPA's Ozone Proposal

    Quick Reaction to EPA's Ozone Proposal
    The EPA proposal – to change the current ozone standard of 75 parts per billion to a range of 65-70 – is now online at http://www.epa.gov/air/ozonepollution/actions.html#nov2014  Here are a few quick thoughts:  All in…
  • Nov 25

    Public Supports Tougher Smog Standards: American Lung Assn. Survey

    Public Supports Tougher Smog Standards: American Lung Assn. Survey
     By a 2-1 margin, the public supports tougher smog standards -- even after hearing the arguments of opponents.   We hope the political types and bean counters in the White House will take note -- and realize that permitting EPA…
Rank this Week: 449

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: 4893

Fracking Insider

Fracking Insider

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

http://www.frackinginsider.com
  • Dec 8

    Study Finds Chemicals in Fracking Fluids No More Toxic Than Common Household Product

    Study Finds Chemicals in Fracking Fluids No More Toxic Than Common Household Product
    A study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that surfactant chemicals extracted from samples of hydraulic fracturing fluids are no more toxic than common household products. The researchers’ November…
  • Dec 1

    DOE Authorizes LNG Export from Freeport Terminal

    DOE Authorizes LNG Export from Freeport Terminal
    The Department of Energy has issued the two final authorizations (here and here) for Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P., and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Freeport), to export domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries with which the U.S. does not…
  • Nov 25

    Senate Committee Staff Release Report Espousing Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

    Senate Committee Staff Release Report Espousing Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing
    In the final days before the November election, the  Republican (then minority) staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released a report outlining the domestic economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, entitled…
Rank this Week: 1409

Indiana Real Property and…

Indiana Real Property and Environmental Law Report

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

http://indianarealpropertylaw.com/
  • Dec 8

    Legislative Tax Commission Studies Farmland Taxation Formula

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

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

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

    The Beige Book on Recent Agriculture and Natural Resources Activity

    The Beige Book on Recent Agriculture and Natural Resources Activity
    From the Beige Book published on December 3, prepared by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and based on information collected on or before November 24, 2014. This document summarizes comments received from business and other contacts…
Rank this Week: 1937

California Land Use Blog

California Land Use Blog

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

http://landuselaw.jmbm.com/
Rank this Week: 3349

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/
  • Dec 3

    FAA Reports Increasing Conflict Between Drones and Civil Aviation

    FAA Reports Increasing Conflict Between Drones and Civil Aviation
    The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) reports that close calls between conventional aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or “drones”) have increased during 2014 to more than 40 per month over…
  • Nov 25

    Interview with Avionics Magazine

    Interview with Avionics Magazine
    Aviation and aerospace attorney Paul Fraidenburgh was quoted in “Pirker v. Huerta Ruling Clears the Way to UAS Integration” published in Avionics Magazine on November 25, 2014.  The full article is available…
  • Nov 24

    Bonner County Wins Major Victory in Property Owner's "Takings" Lawsuit

    Bonner County Wins Major Victory in Property Owner's "Takings" Lawsuit
    The decision of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Idaho in SilverWing at Sandpoint, LLC v. Bonner County, a case that has been “hanging fire” for almost two years, was worth the wait.  On Friday,…
Rank this Week: 861

Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida…

Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate

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

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

    Permit Extension Notification Deadline Closing

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

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

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

    Should I Form an LLC for My Beach Rental?

    Should I Form an LLC for My Beach Rental?
    Living and practicing on Sanibel, I have many clients who come to us when they purchase a condominium or home for investment income. One of the questions that often arises is whether they should hold their investment real estate in a separate…
Rank this Week: 996

Eminent Domain Blog

Eminent Domain Blog

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

http://eminentdomain.foxrothschild.com/
  • Nov 30

    Eminent Domain Considered For DC Stadium

    Eminent Domain Considered For DC Stadium
    Two D.C. Council committees advanced legislation allowing for the use of eminent domain in the construction of a $300 million professional soccer stadium in Washington, D.C.  The bill will now go before the full council for a vote on…
  • Nov 29

    VA Supreme Court To Hear Appraisal Admissibility Case

    VA Supreme Court To Hear Appraisal Admissibility Case
    One frequent issue in eminent domain and other valuation cases is the admissibility of appraisals obtained by a party other than the appraisal they intend to actually use.  For example, in a case that will be heard by the VA Supreme…
  • Nov 24

    Hartford Takes Properties For Stadium

    Hartford Takes Properties For Stadium
    The City of Hartford has used its power of eminent domain to assemble land for a stadium.  The Hartford City Council approved a $350 million plan to build a minor league baseball stadium for the New Britain Rock Cats. However, it does…
Rank this Week: 4420

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/
  • Nov 29

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

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update September 2014, Vol. 1 #21
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Editorial Note: This Update introduces a new section: Energy Enforcement and Regulation. The increased federal, state and local involvement in the mining, processing,…
  • Nov 23

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update August 2014, Vol. 1, #20

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update August 2014, Vol. 1, #20
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 Enforcement News NY Law Combats Illegal Ivory Trade Governor Cuomo signed a new law to combat the illegal ivory trade. The law bans the sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros...
  • Sep 27

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update July 2014, Vol. 1, #19

    NY Environmental Enforcement Update July 2014, Vol. 1, #19
    By Michael J. Lesser, Environmental Law Section, NYSBA © 2014 The month's Update introduces a new feature: EPA Region 2 Administrative Settlements/News. In addition, the Environmental Law Section has published an E-Book entitled "NY…
Rank this Week: 3114

GREENberg bLAWg

GREENberg bLAWg

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

http://environmentallawblog.greenbergglusker.com/
  • Nov 26

    THE SUNSET WILL LAST A LITTLE LONGER — UST FUND EXTENDED

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

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

    CEQA Lead Agencies Do Not Waive Defense that CEQA Did Not Apply Despite Proceeding under CEQA
    Recently, the court in Rominger v. County of Colusa found that a lead agency which approved a mitigated negative declaration for a project, can take the seemingly inconsistent position that the proposed project was not a California…
  • Sep 30

    Substantive Dispute over Land Application of Biosolids Remains Unresolved

    Substantive Dispute over Land Application of Biosolids Remains Unresolved
    Form over substance continues to obscure the substantive issue presented in the case of the City of Los Angeles (City) vs. Kern County (County). At its core, the dispute involves the land application of biosolids. Biosolids are organic…
Rank this Week: 3201

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: 385

Environmental Legal Blogs

Environmental Legal Blogs

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

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

    AT&T PAYS $51 MILLION IN SETTLEMENT WITH CALIFORNIA

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

    CHEMICAL LEAK NEAR HOUSTON KILLS 4

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

    Yet more controversy over solar power The…

    Yet more controversy over solar power The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a report concerning the effect on birds of three solar facilities in Southern California.…
Rank this Week: 945

Law and the Environment

Law and the Environment

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

http://lawandenvironment.typepad.com/law_and_the_environment/
Rank this Week: 2196

Real Property & Development Review

Real Property & Development Review

Covers construction, environmental, land use and real estate law. By Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP.

http://www.dwtrealpropertyreview.com/
Rank this Week: 2768

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/
  • Nov 14

    Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

    Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
    Latin American law favorable to climate change victims according to Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide A study elaborated by a network of lawyers around the globe confirms our findings: Some Latin American civil law is particularly…
  • Oct 23

    facilitating private law compensation climate change

    facilitating private law compensation climate change
    Following the model of the Jewish Claims Conference one of many ways facilitate private law compensation for climate change (Image: by Arivumathi) How countries could facilitate private law compensation for climate change In the previous…
  • Oct 17

    Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdiction

    Canadian big five possibly liable for 2.4 billion USD per year via foreign jurisdiction
     the five biggest Canadian oil and gas companies could be held liable for 2.4 billion US-Dollars  The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the West Coast Environmental Law Foundation claim, in a study elaborated by two of their…
Rank this Week: 4044

Green Building Law

Green Building Law

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

http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/
  • Nov 10

    Extreme Makeover: EPA Edition

    Extreme Makeover: EPA Edition
    The Home and Garden Channel (HGTV) is the top rated cable network on the weekends.  At the end of every remodeling show on HGTV is the big reveal, dramatic "before and after" footage of the transformation of the kitchen or…
  • Oct 27

    Blue vs. Grey Over Green in Murray v. EPA; Cross-Border Rule Goes Ahead

    Blue vs. Grey Over Green in Murray v. EPA; Cross-Border Rule Goes Ahead
    Happy Monday!   As I posted earlier, in Murray, et al v. EPA , plaintiff Murray Energy Corporation seeks to enjoin EPA's Clean Power Plan rule even before it has been issued as a Final Rule.  The Clean Power Plan proposes…
  • Oct 20

    DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standard

    DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standard
    The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards and levels for all…
Rank this Week: 1964

Climate Change Attorney Blog

Climate Change Attorney Blog

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

http://www.climatechangeattorney.com/
  • Nov 8

    UN IPCC Report

    UN IPCC Report
    The most recent IPCC Report on Climate Change has been released.
  • Sep 6

    World Water Week

    World Water Week
    This past week has been World Water Week
  • Jul 30

    Increased Costs of Delaying Action on Climate Change

    Increased Costs of Delaying Action on Climate Change
    The White House has issued a new report on the increased costs associated with delaying action on Climate Change.
Rank this Week: 4542

California Litigation Attorney…

California Litigation Attorney Blog

Covers legal news. By Reid & Hellyer.

http://www.rhlaw.com/blog/
  • Nov 7

    How to Select an Attorney

    How to Select an Attorney
    Too often, potential clients lack have an inability to determine how they should select an attorney. Here are some guideposts to help clients select a California attorney. 1. Attorney Discipline The California State Bar has an easy to…
  • Oct 11

    Warning: Email Wire Fraud Scam Hitting Real Estate Industry

    Warning: Email Wire Fraud Scam Hitting Real Estate Industry
    Warning to the real estate industry: a widespread fraud is currently underway that could cost you and your client tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars. The Scam The scam is simple: the scammer obtains access to an email…
  • Aug 4

    Taxing Scandals: The Blog that Looks at Tax Consequences of the Latest Tabloid Scandals – Donald Sterling and His Silent Partner

    Taxing Scandals: The Blog that Looks at Tax Consequences of the Latest Tabloid Scandals – Donald Sterling and His Silent Partner
    When a probate judge cleared the way for the $2 billion sale of the Clippers not only Shelly Sterling came away as a winner. Donald and Shelly’s silent partners, the federal and California governments, were also in for their share of…
Rank this Week: 1823