Juliet Cho

Juliet Cho

Stoel Rives LLP

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New Water Reporting Requirements for Oil and Gas Operators

A new oil and gas reporting bill, Senate Bill 1281, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley, was signed by Governor Brown on September 25, 2014. The California Department of Conservation – Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal...more

12/22/2014 - DOGGR New Legislation Oil & Gas Reporting Requirements Water

High Speed Rail Moves Forward Without CEQA Review

The Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) issued a declaratory order in a 2-1 vote last Friday, finding that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) is categorically preempted by federal law, as it relates to the...more

12/18/2014 - CEQA High-Speed Rail Public Projects

High-Speed Rail Authority May Use Bond Funds – Supreme Court Rules

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“CHSRA”) is gaining more steam in keeping the High-Speed Rail Project (the “Project”) on track. Today, the California Supreme Court issued a decision declining to review an appellate...more

10/16/2014 - Bonds High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Transit Railways

Updated Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills in California's Legislature

The end of the 2013-2014 legislative session is coming to a close. Below are key deadlines for the Legislature and Governor...more

8/19/2014 - Energy Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas

Full Steam Ahead for Eminent Domain Actions after High Speed Rail Authority Negotiations End in Impasse

The State Public Works Board (the “Board”) adopted four Resolutions of Necessity approving the High-Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) use of eminent domain for public necessity to acquire four parcels in Fresno and...more

8/18/2014 - Eminent Domain High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Projects Takings

SB 1281 (Pavley): Oil & Gas Production; Water Use Reporting

SB-1281 was amended in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations on August 4, 2014. A scheduled hearing on August 6 was postponed and held on suspense under Joint Rule 62(a). As of this writing, a hearing has not yet been...more

8/15/2014 - Energy Environmental Policies Fracking Oil & Gas Water

Supreme Court Confirms CEQA Exemption for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives

In Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court, No. S207173 (Supreme Court, Aug. 7, 2014), the California Supreme Court ruled that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not apply when a lead...more

8/12/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Environmental Review Wal-Mart

Court Signals Green to $8.6bn California High-Speed Rail Bond Issuance

The Third District Court of Appeal reversed a Sacramento Superior Court Judge’s ruling that prohibited the High Speed Rail Authority (HSRA) from selling bonds under Proposition 1A to construct the High Speed Rail Project...more

8/6/2014 - Bonds High-Speed Rail HRSA Infrastructure Railways

California High Speed Rail Dodges Legal Bullet

In Town of Atherton v. CA High Speed Rail Authority, No. C070877 (Cal. Ct. App. 3d Dist., July 24, 2014), the Third Appellate District upheld the High-Speed Rail Authority’s (HSRA) Program Environmental Impact Report/ Program...more

8/5/2014 - Bay Area Central Valley Environmental Site Assessment High-Speed Rail Surface Transportation

Ground Control to Major Tom: Appeals Court Shuts Down CEQA Challenge to San Jose Airport Master Plan

In Citizens Against Airport Pollution v. City of San Jose, No. H038781 (Cal. Ct. App. 6th Dist., June 6, 2014), Citizens Against Airport Pollution (“CAAP”) appealed the trial court’s ruling that the City of San Jose’s...more

7/10/2014 - Air Pollution Airports CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies

Will the California Supreme Court Close the Door to a CEQA Exemption the Legislature Has Refused to Close?

The California Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court, No. S207173 (case submitted May 28, 2014), a case that gives the Justices the opportunity to determine...more

6/11/2014 - CEQA Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies Environmental Review

High-Speed Rail Fresno to Bakersfield Route Approved

The California High Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) Board of Directors unanimously voted on Wednesday to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement for the Fresno to Bakersfield...more

5/12/2014 - Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail Infrastructure NEPA Public Projects Railways

No Bull: Santa Cruz County Rodeo Qualifies for CEQA Exemption

In Citizens for Environmental Responsibility v. State of California ex rel. 14th District Agricultural Association, et al. (3rd App. Dist., March 26, 2014), the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exempt a...more

4/7/2014 - CEQA Environmental Policies

California High Speed Rail Authority Gains New Approvals to Move Project Forward: Eminent Domain Proceedings Commenced on Eight...

Despite recent obstacles, the California High Speed Rail Authority (the “Authority”) remains steadfast in its determination to complete the high-speed rail project (the “Project”), bolstered by recent approvals from various...more

3/18/2014 - Clean Water Act High-Speed Rail Infrastructure Public Projects Railways Water

High Speed Rail Decision on Track for Review at Court of Appeal

Last Friday, Governor Brown’s administration (the “Petitioners”) filed a petition for extraordinary writ of mandate and application for temporary stay with the California Supreme Court, challenging Superior Court Judge...more

2/3/2014 - High-Speed Rail Jerry Brown Public Projects Railways

Governor's Budget Proposal Throws a Life Preserver to the High-Speed Rail Project

On the heels of Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenney’s decision halting an $8 billion bond sale for the construction of the California high-speed rail (“HSR”) project, Governor Jerry Brown has submitted a...more

1/14/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies Greenhouse Gas Emissions High-Speed Rail Public Projects State Budgets

Is Your Property Next? California Authorizes Condemnation of Fresno County Property for High Speed Rail Project

The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (the “Authority”) first request to seize a parcel in Fresno County through eminent domain has been approved by the State Public Works Board (the “SPWB”), the state agency that...more

12/20/2013 - Condemnation Eminent Domain High-Speed Rail

Major Roadblock in High-Speed Rail Project's Track

A ruling by the Sacramento County Superior Court has presented a major roadblock to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (“Authority”) high-speed rail project (“Project”). On November 25, 2013, Judge Michael Kenny...more

11/27/2013 - High-Speed Rail Public Projects Public Transit Railways

Hearing on Nov. 8 May Determine California High Speed Rail's Future

The parties in a pending Sacramento Superior Court action, Tos, et. al. v. California High Speed Rail Authority, et al., have submitted supplemental briefing in preparation for a hearing next week...more

11/4/2013 - High-Speed Rail Public Projects Public Transit Railways

California High-Speed Rail Authority Violated Proposition 1A

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) had a major setback on Friday when Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the Authority had “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan...more

8/20/2013 - Environmental Review Funding High-Speed Rail Public Transit Public-Private Partnerships

High Speed Rail Authority's Appraisal Process Questioned

Two Republican State Assemblymen (Jim Patterson, R-Fresno and Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals) submitted a request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Tuesday for an investigation into the California High Speed Rail...more

8/8/2013 - Appraisal Eminent Domain High-Speed Rail Takings

Marin County's Plastic Bag Ban Categorically Exempt From CEQA Review

Decision expected to provide guidance for public agencies in determining the type of environmental review required for such bans....more

8/1/2013 - CEQA Environmental Policies Plastic Bag Bans

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