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EPA issues a draft methane challenge reduction program for the oil and gas sector
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • August 11 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a voluntary Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program, through which oil and natural gas

Hydraulic fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 45
  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
  • USA
  • October 5 2015

We are pleased to bring you Volume 45 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas. As we explained in

Court finds reclaimed valley fills may be point sources under the Clean Water Act
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • USA
  • May 18 2015

The United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia addressed the issue of whether fully reclaimed, post-mining valley fills

CEQA’s mitigation requirement: California Supreme Court agrees with envirostructure!
  • Beveridge & Diamond PC
  • USA
  • August 7 2015

Last February, I wrote about the California State University Board of Trustees’ (CSU) unique stance concerning their responsibilities under the

9th Circuit Rejects NEPA Challenges To Planned 1.9-Mile Underground Light Rail Extension Project in Downtown LA
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • USA
  • December 7 2016

On December 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the case of Japanese Village, LLC v. Federal Transit Administration, et al

Ninth Circuit upholds dismissal of challenge to shark fin law
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 7 2015

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's ruling dismissing a challenge to California's law criminalizing the sale or

Ninth Circuit holds that the BLM’s grant of a right-of-way for a road over federal land does not trigger consultation under the ESA or an Environmental Impact Statement under NEPA for a Wind Project with independent utility
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • USA
  • July 2 2015

On May 27, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the US Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) grant of a right-of-way

Ninth Circuit critical habitat decision casts shadow on habitat conservation plan “No Surprises” assurances
  • Nossaman LLP
  • USA
  • June 26 2015

In a decision that casts a shadow on the enforceability of contractual assurances in habitat conservation plan ("HCP") agreements, the U.S. Court of

Deepwater Horizon: Clean Water Act civil penalty assessment explained
  • Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP
  • USA
  • February 25 2016

On November 30, 2015, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued a comprehensive opinion assessing a civil penalty in the amount of $159.5 million

Ninth Circuit strictly construes “single local event” exception to CAFA jurisdiction for mass actions
  • Carlton Fields
  • USA
  • May 14 2015

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals strictly construed the "single local event" exception to federal jurisdiction under CAFA as