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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus: California acts to manage statewide groundwater issues: Allen Matkins - Sep 19: Faced with record drought and depleted groundwater supplies statewide, the California Legislature has...more

Secretary Vilsack Confirms Administration Support For Biofuel Production Level

Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke at a biofuel industry conference and addressed concerns raised over the likelihood that the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule would...more

The Revitalize American Manufacturing And Innovation Act Passes House Of Representatives

On September 15, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The Act "earmarks up to $300 million in federal funding -- $30 million annually for...more

USDA Invests $68 Million In 540 Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Projects

On September 18, 2014, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is investing $68 million in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide. This is the most recent in a series of USDA actions designed to help...more

Minnoco Announces Expansion To Produce E15, E30, And E85 Biofuels

On September 19, 2014, Minnoco announced an expansion program which will allow Minnoco retailers to offer biofuels that perform better at lower costs. This includes the ability to offer E15, E30, E85, diesel fuel, and...more

California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Oil by Rail

On September 25, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will provide California’s emergency responders with more information about trains carrying crude oil and require railroad companies to provide...more

Bridging Troubled Water: Yes or No on California Prop 1?

Fall is here. Most of us can't tell, given the soaring temperatures outside. A better thermometer might be the onslaught of political commercials we're now seeing on television. To prepare for the elections in...more

California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Aims to Provide Certainty for Renewable Developers: Draft Released

On September 23, 2014, the U.S Department of Interior and the State of California released a draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (“DRECP”), which covers over 22 million acres in Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles,...more

California Cities and Counties Must Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems by Sept. 30,...

Under AB 2188, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, cities and counties must adopt ordinances, or amend their current ordinances, to create expedited, streamlined permitting processes for small rooftop solar energy systems....more

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

EOEEA Releases Draft Ocean Management Plan Update: Now with Fees

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) recently released for public review and comment a draft update to the Ocean Management Plan for the Commonwealth. The Oceans Act, signed by...more

Governor Signs New Laws Amending California's Urban Water Management Planning Act

July 1, 2016 Set as Deadline for Preparing New Plans - Under new amendments to California’s Urban Water Management Planning Act, urban water suppliers will be required to provide narrative descriptions of their water...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Defense - Department of Energy - Department of...more

ML Strategies Energy & Environment Update: Week of 9/23/2014

Energy and Climate Debate - Congress has recessed until after the November elections, and we turn our attention this week to energy and climate issues on the Administration and international fronts....more

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Legal Update: Judge Makes Findings of Gross Negligence and Negligence

While the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has largely disappeared from the news headlines, for the parties involved in the litigation, the legal machinations, particularly with respect to liability, have a long way still to...more

TSCA on Hydraulic Fracturing: Gateway to New Federal Rules?

Historically, states have taken the lead in regulating oil and gas development given the states’ primary interest in securing rational oil and gas development in their own boundaries. Hydraulic fracturing—a 60-year-old...more

New Law Requires Cities and Counties to Expedite Their Permitting Processes for Small Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Cities and Counties Must Enact New Solar Permitting Ordinances by Sept. 30, 2015 - A new law imposes requirements on cities and counties regarding permitting for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. Under AB...more

DOE And EPA Announce Updated SEE Action Website

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and EPA State and Local Energy Efficiency Action Network (SEE Action) website has been redesigned. The website provides information on successful efforts to advance energy efficiency across...more

California’s New Streamlined #Solar Permitting Law Goes into Effect

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2188, which is designed to streamline the permitting process for small rooftop solar systems. The new law seeks to give California’s Million Solar Roofs target a...more

BP Found Grossly Negligent for Deepwater Horizon Spill: Ultimate Liability for Punitive Damages Still to Be Determined

In the post-trial Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law issued on September 4, 2014, after Phase One of the BP oil spill trial, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found BP Exploration &...more

EPA Aims To Propose Renewable Fuel Standard Targets In Mid-2015

Inside EPA reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will take at least 12 more months before a proposed ruling for the 2015 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) can be released....more

Renewable Energy Update -- September 2014 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar plant nears approval in California desert: SFGate.com - Sep 15: Despite serious environmental concerns, the California Energy Commission has given a preliminary green light to a...more

Aboveground Storage Tank Act Rough Draft Emergency Rule Out for Comment

Late Thursday afternoon, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) published on its website what it characterizes as a “rough draft” of its forthcoming emergency rule (the “Draft Rule”), which is 79...more

California Acts to Manage Statewide Groundwater Issues

Faced with record drought and depleted groundwater supplies statewide, the California Legislature has enacted, and Governor Brown on September 16 signed, new legislation designed to move statewide groundwater management...more

Studies Identify Flawed Well Construction (not Fracturing) as Source of Gas Contamination: More Questions Posed for Further...

For the past several years, the rapid growth of oil and natural gas production from shale and other unconventional sources has prompted vocal and often sensationalized concerns regarding the potential for migration of gas...more

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