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It's official. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS") issued for public inspection a final rule to extend the maximum term for programmatic "take" permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("Eagle...more
Construction of the 485-mile-long southern portion of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline system (known as the Gulf Coast Project) is scheduled to be completed and operational by the end of 2013, but it leaves a legacy of...more
On November 21, 2013, the House voted 252-165 in favor of H.R. 1900, also known as the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (“Act”), to expedite the process for obtaining a pipeline permit from the Federal Energy...more
On October 31, 2013, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell issued Order No. 3330 to establish a Department-wide mitigation strategy that focuses on mitigation opportunities at the landscape level. Order No. 3330 is part of a...more
The State Water Control Board recently issued a Public Notice concerning proposed amendments to the Virginia Stormwater Management Regulations, 9 VAC 25-870, et seq. (the “Regulations”), and indicated it will consider those...more
The California Contractors State License Board (“CSLB”) is warning contractors that it’s stepping up its CSLB enforcement activities against contractors who excavate without permits. Under the law, contractors are required to...more
A recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit provides a useful roadmap for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ review of major infrastructure projects under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. See...more
On October 15, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (the Board) will begin accepting applications for solar projects under Subsection (q) of the New Jersey Solar Act (the Act). See N.J.S.A. 48:3-87(q).
On August 21, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit roundly dismissed an enforcement action brought under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and several...more
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal for the First District issued its ruling in California Building Industry Association v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In a win for public agencies, the court held that establishing...more
In what came as a complete surprise to many in the development industry, an otherwise low-profile City of Dallas board, the Building Inspection Advisory, Examining and Appeals Board, met on July 11 to recommend approval of a...more
On June 27, 2013, Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (Staff) released OSC Staff Notice 43-705 – Report on Staff’s Review of Technical Reports by Ontario Mining Issuers (the Notice). The Notice provides an overview of...more
On July 19, 2013, the New Jersey Board of Utilities (the Board) rejected a stipulated agreement that would have allowed New Jersey’s first offshore wind energy project to move forward. The Board’s failure to approve the...more
Last week, in United States v. Midwest Generation, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed dismissal of EPA’s NSR enforcement action against Commonwealth Edison. Commonwealth Edison was the prior owner of the plants at...more
We recently provided a client update on the Queensland Planning and Environment Court decision of Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors1 (view here). The decision in Rainbow Shores provides an example of what...more
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), after a multi-year environmental review process, has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and two related Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendments (RMPAs) for the...more
The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on utility-scale solar energy projects to allow the County time to address potential land use compatibility issues posed by...more
A number of bills were passed during the Maryland General Assembly's 2013 legislative session that will impact certain sectors of the construction industry. Ober|Kaler has put together brief summaries of certain bills from...more
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) is in the midst of finalizing changes to general permits and rules in three (3) different areas pertaining to natural gas production and processing. These new...more
On May 8, 2013, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit that will have far-reaching impacts on both new development projects and existing facilities...more
An issue that is often overlooked, but should be considered in the context of large project transactions, is the potential insolvency of contractors and subcontractors. A bankruptcy proceeding involving a key contractor can...more
On April 12, 2013, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency released its Draft Regulations Amending the Regulations Designating Physical Activities (the Amended Regulations). According to the Regulatory Impact Analysis...more
On April 1, 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed changes to the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category (the Proposed Rule)...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 on GlobeSt.com, February 25, 2013.
In January, the Department of Economic Opportunity issued a report on the state’s business climate. The report called for a statewide strategy to ensure adequate...more