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The Keystone XL pipeline project faced a major hurdle in the Nebraska Supreme Court last Friday, as federal approval of the pipeline may be influenced by the court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the process by...more
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Chula Vista Citizens for Jobs and Fair Competition, et al. v. Donna Norris, et al. -
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Supreme Court Decides to Review Lower Court Case -
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held this week that the Department of Energy (DOE) complied with its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in providing funding for a cellulosic ethanol...more
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The Air Resources Board proposes to merge court-mandated re-adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with other significant program changes.
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Environmental and Policy Focus - DWR must acquire properties before testing tunnel for diversion of water to Southern California -
CourtHouse News - Mar 17:
A California appellate court ruled last week that, before...more
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