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Transportation Projects Get A Lot Of Deference in Demonstrating Compliance With Air Quality Standards

In a decision late last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals made clear just how much deference agencies can get under the Supreme Court decisions in Chevron and Auer. The question in NRDC v. USDOT was whether, in...more

Six Regional Projects Awarded Federal Funding

Good news California: local projects are continuing to receive federal funding. Caltrans announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has granted nearly $35 million in TIGER funds to six local and regional...more

It’s Really Difficult to Site a Highway in a Refuge

In an important decision last week, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals made clear just how high the hurdles are in the way of building highways in wildlife refuges. The decision in Defenders of Wildlife v. North Carolina DOT...more

CEQA Alert: Court of Appeal Blunts Latest CEQA Attack on California’s High-Speed Train System

On July 24, 2014, California’s Third Appellate District affirmed a trial court’s ruling that the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority’s) revised final program environmental impact report/environmental impact...more

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

Untamed Skies: Domestic Drones Remain Unregulated

What once was a technology confined almost exclusively to military use has now made its way into the hands of businesses, domestic agencies and private hobbyists. Small, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (or UAVs), more commonly known...more

Eight Is Not Enough: CEQA Challenge To Eighth Addendum To San Jose International Airport Master Plan EIR Is Rejected By Sixth...

In a decision filed June 6, but not certified for publication until July 2, 2014, the Sixth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s judgment upholding the City of San Jose’s eighth addendum to its Airport Master...more

Keystone XL Pipeline Project Halted in Nebraska

On Wednesday, a Nebraska District Court dealt the Keystone XL pipeline project a heavy blow. The court invalidated a law that allowed the state's governor to approve the pipeline's passage through Nebraska. The court ruled...more

Eminent Domain to Be Used for I-80 and I-680 Interchange

California continues to move forward with more infrastructure improvement projects. According to an article in the Daily Republic, Agency starts eminent domain proceedings for I-80/680 project, the Solano Transportation...more

PHMSA Inspections to Focus on Integrity Management Program Evaluations

Effective immediately, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) inspections will emphasize the review of operator methods for integrity management (IM) program evaluations, the agency said in an Advisory...more

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Alert -- Act 13: Distributing The Cost Of Increased Road Deterioration

Anyone who has traveled on a Pennsylvania highway knows that road deterioration and maintenance issues are a significant concern in the Commonwealth. Indeed, for many years various studies and surveys have ranked Pennsylvania...more

Federal Transportation Law MAP-21 Seeks to Expedite Environmental Reviews

On October 1, 2012, the 2012 federal surface transportation reauthorization law, known as “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (or MAP-21), goes into effect. The legislation was passed after intense partisan...more

CEQA Exception For Bike Lanes Nearing The Finish Line

While most attempts to push-through last-minute CEQA reform were parked until next year, one bill, AB 2245, glided through the legislature and now heads to the finish line on Governor Brown’s desk for signature. The bill,...more

Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13? [Video]

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania continues to experience dramatic increases in heavy-truck transportation activity associated with Marcellus Shale. So much so that approximately one-quarter of all PA-state routes are now...more

Florida Roads: Future Corridor Action Plan Gets Input From Experts Like Developers, Utilities, and Water Management Districts

The State of Florida has not removed itself from every bit of control over land use and real estate development in the state, despite the huge deregulations of the past two years (see the little ebook in the left sidebar for...more

Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles [Video]

Marcellus shale significantly impacts energy issues. Natural gas is an abundant, reasonably priced and clean energy source. In this video, attorney James P. Dougherty talks about a vital Marcellus end use application - NGVs...more

Texas Environmental Update - May 17, 2012

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on...more

Texas Environmental Update - April 3, 2012

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on...more

Texas Environmental Update - February 15, 2012

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced...more

National Eminent Domain Webinar: December 1, 2011

Want the scoop on what future challenges local government agencies face with respect to eminent domain and redevelopment? Want to hear from some of the most well-recognized eminent domain attorneys across the nation? Want...more

Rogers Towers: Mobility Fee Waiver Legislation

The Jacksonville City Council has approved Ordinance 2011-617-E, waiving application of the Mobility Fee Ordinance recently adopted by the City. The Mobility Fee is designed to replace proportionate fair share transportation...more

Rogers Towers: Jacksonville City Council adopts Mobility Fee; Waiver legislation is introduced

On September 13, the Jacksonville City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-536, eliminating the “fair share” system of traffic impact payments and replacing it with a mobility fee. On August 15, we sent a client alert summarizing...more

Texas Environmental Update - September 15, 2011

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on...more

Texas Environmental Update - August 31, 2011

The environmental practice of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP offers seamless, front-rank representation in local, state, national, and cross-border regulatory, enforcement, and litigation matters, as well as experienced counsel on...more

Rogers Towers: Mobility Fee Ordinance Introduced to Jacksonville City Council and Set for September Hearings

dinance 2011-536 has been introduced to the Jacksonville City Council and is currently scheduled for committee hearings during the week of September 5 and a vote by the Council on September 13. The Ordinance would...more

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