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California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
California Commercial Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage of the Building During Sale, Lease or Financing after July 1, 2013
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
Transbay Tower Groundbreaking
Consultant: BigLaw Growth is NOT Dead!
Weekly Brief: 78% of Law Schools Ignore ABA Rule
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
BigLaw's Banker: I've Got a "Robust" List of Firms That May Fail
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Obama Blocks Chinese-Owned Wind Project Out of Concerns for National Security
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
Stewart Baker, Former GC of NSA, on Why the Cybersecurity Act Failed & Threat of Tomorrow’s Terrorism
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
LXBN This Week, Episode 1: Brinker, NLRB Posting Rule, Fracking, SmithKline in the Supreme Court
Is Fracking Safe?
The Department of Energy has just published a new series of protocols for calculating the savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Although voluntary, the new...more
On May 8, the Boston City Council approved an ordinance requiring building owners to report annual energy and water use. The final ordinance is slightly different from the one about which we posted in February. Highlights...more
In two previous LEED tips, Part 1 and Part 2, we explored how taking steps that result in LEED certification may yield little if any improvement in energy efficiency. Another efficiency-neutral LEED concern is clean on-site...more
The U.S. Geological Survey has doubled its previous estimate of the amount of recoverable oil within the Williston Basin to 7.4 billion barrels. While the Bakken formation is still a star in the play, the potential of the...more
The city of Lancaster, California recently adopted an ordinance requiring builders of most new homes to install functional solar power generation systems on these homes prior to their sale to the public. The law is believed...more
Lawmakers in Maryland and Virginia have approved the imposition of certain new fees on property owners in various jurisdictions. Maryland property owners in nine counties and one city face the imposition of a Stormwater...more
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or, as said by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, “A rule of property long acquiesced in should not be overthrown except for compelling reasons of public policy or the imperative demands of...more
As discussed in Part I, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) will present its report on hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental Review Commission...more
In October of 2012 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral argument on two key cases that potentially could reshape the laws and rules applicable to hydraulic fracturing in the state. We wrote extensively about these cases...more
On April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in the Butler v. Charles Powers Estate case. The Supreme Court decided to maintain the status quo in Pennsylvania by reaffirming the...more
As reported earlier today by a number of news outlets (see for example this KCET article by Chris Clarke), the Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") will be issuing a Final Rule to facilitate right-of-way applications for lands...more
On April 24, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Butler v. Powers held that Marcellus shale “natural gas is presumptively not a mineral for purposes of private deeds.” The Court reaffirmed the “Dunham Rule,” which applies...more
By October 1, 2013, the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission (“N.C. MEC”) must report its findings and recommendations for hydraulic fracturing to the Joint Legislative Commission on Energy Policy and the Environmental...more
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate1 unanimously reversed the ruling of the Superior Court which held that an evidentiary hearing “complete with expert, scientific testimony” is necessary to...more
The County Commission in Doddridge County, West Virginia is currently considering amendments to its Floodplain Ordinance as a result of a December 17, 2012 decision by the Circuit Court of Doddridge County. (Comments to the...more
In this issue:
- The Green Deal - Impact on Commercial Real Estate
- High Value Residential Property Tax
- Announcements and Events
- Transaction Profile - Focus on Henderson Global Investors...more
A group of citizens challenged a city’s determination that a proposed residential development qualifies for an exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) as a residential project that is consistent with...more
Valid Description? We don’t need no valid stinking description!
Actually, in May v. Buck, a Texas Court of Appeals says you do. The need for a sufficient property description in a oil and gas transaction seems like an...more
The recent California appellate court decision in Concerned Dublin Citizens v. City of Dublin, Cal: Court of Appeal, 1st Appellate Dist., 3rd Div. 2013, upheld a City's affirmation that residential developments are exempt...more
Originally published in the Daily Journal on March 15, 2013.
With more than 2,000 lawsuits filed by homeowners in the wake of the fires that ravaged San Diego County in 2007, attorneys for plaintiffs and San Diego Gas...more
In a recent case involving the California Environmental Quality Act, a state appellate court upheld a city’s decision to exempt from environmental review a residential development because it was consistent with a broader...more
In an opinion published on March 28, 2013, a California court of appeal answered three questions under the California Environmental Quality Act that the published decisions have not yet addressed...more
In This Issue:
Green Building Focus - Father of LEED offers insight into rating system; AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica; Los Angeles to promote adoption of "cool roof" technology; PA bundles residential energy...more
The Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) are useful – if conservative – default cleanup guidelines used by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP proposed changes in 2012, and has just proposed changes...more
Starting July 1, 2013, you will be legally required to make the following additional disclosures in certain California real estate contracts and leases:
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