In Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, No. S201116 (Cal. Mar. 2, 2015) (slip op), the California Supreme Court overturned an appeals court ruling that banned developers from using an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) to avoid undertaking an environmental impact report (“EIR”) for the construction of a proposed two-story 10,000-square-foot home in Berkeley.
Oil & Gas Wastewater Injection Wells Closed Down As a Precautionary Measure to Ensure Drinking Water Protection
On Tuesday, March 3, twelve underground injection control (“UIC”) wells in California’s Central Valley, specifically in Kern County, were shut down in order to protect subsurface drinking water from potential contamination.
We’ve been following the saga of the Keystone XL pipeline for a while now, and the battle rages on in Washington. Yesterday, the Republican-led Senate attempted to override President Obama’s veto of a bill to approve the pipeline.
CDP, an international nonprofit organization that provides a global system for measuring, reporting and managing vital environmental information, is issuing requests to thousands of companies this month, asking them to report business risks, opportunities, management strategies and performance metrics related to climate change.
EU Court of Justice Clarifies That the Exploratory Drilling of Petroleum and Natural Gas May Be Subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment
Recently, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held that EU Member States are not obliged to require an environmental impact assessment for all exploratory drillings.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit that the New York Times referred to as “The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever” on February 13, 2015, with a finding that the plaintiffs did not state a viable claim for relief.
On Monday March 2, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision allowing a Berkeley home builder to use an exemption from detailed environmental assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in its proposed construction of a nearly 10,000 square foot residence in the Berkeley hills.
We know that U.S. EPA budget is tight. Maybe that is why they are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their work load. This is evident in the memorandum released on January 7, 2015 by EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Examining the Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session
February 27, 2015 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session and several bills related to oil and gas activities were introduced.
National Marine Fisheries Service Considering Revision to Critical Habitat Designation for Southern Resident Killer Whales
On February 24, 2015, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced a 12-month finding (pdf) on the Center for Biological Diversity’s (CBD) petition to revise the critical habitat designation for the Southern Resident killer whale (Orcinus orca) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).