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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus - Appellate court upholds environmental work for high-speed rail via Pacheco Pass: Fresno Bee - Jul 24 -- State appeals justices on Thursday upheld a lower court's approval of an...more

The State of Fracking

Fracking is not new to California - it has been used in oil fields for decades - but it has recently become a hot political and legal issue with increasing news reports about alleged environmental damage associated with...more

The Latest on California’s Evolving Hydraulic Fracking and Well Stimulation Regulations

On November 15, 2013, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) issued two key documents relating to hydraulic fracturing and other well-stimulation treatments: (1)...more

Challenge Against DOGGR Can't Stand Under SB 4: Alameda County Judge Throws Out Environmental Suit

Environmental groups will have to wait to challenge hydraulic fracturing activities in the state of California until the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) issues its permanent regulations in 2015. ...more

California Agency Releases Draft Rules for Fracking, Begins to Implement Recent State Legislation

Oil and gas companies and oil-­field service providers with California operations should scrutinize newly proposed rules on hydraulic fracturing and well stimulation, with comments due by mid-­January. Introduction...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: California's New Hydraulic Fracturing Law Cited In Pending CEQA Lawsuit: EnergyWire - Oct 30 -- Earlier this year, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks and...more

Recent CEQA Developments In The Legislature And Courts

As we move past summer, into fall, the “back-to-school,” and football seasons, and toward daylight savings time – and a possible shutdown of the federal government – it is time to reflect and take stock of the really...more

Assembly Passes Fracking Bill

Today the California Assembly passed a controversial bill regulating hydraulic fracturing, SB 4. The bill has been criticized by both industry groups and environmental organizations. Industry argues that the bill is...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 1, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Groups concerned over California Environmental Quality Act revisions - Sacramento CBS Local - Jul 29 -- A coalition of business, housing and local government leaders is warning...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - June 5, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - California Senate unanimously backs changes to CEQA: The Sacramento Bee - May 29 -- "Unanimous" and "CEQA" (the California Environmental Quality Act) are two words not often found in...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - April 11, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - ..Court rules CEQA streamlining provision unconstitutional: CourtHouse News - Apr 3 - A section of a California law aimed at streamlining construction projects by moving...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 22, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - U.S. top court rules for timber industry over road runoff; U.S. Supreme Court grants review of plan by forest service to manage Sierra Nevada; Federal Appeals Court...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - March 7, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Little unity over California's cap-and-trade program; California cancels carbon permit reserve sale after no bids; Obama names McCarthy to top EPA post; Peninsula cities...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 27, 2013

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Bill seeks changes to California Environmental Quality Act; California puts McCoy Solar Project on the fast track; California Carbon Permits Sell Above Expected Clearing...more

Center for Biological Diversity Files Lawsuit Against DOGGR, Alleges Agency Fails to Enforce its Own Regulations

On January 24, 2013, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed suit in Alameda Superior Court in California, joining other environmental groups including Earthjustice and the Sierra Club in alleging that the California...more

"Pattern and Practice" Lawsuit Challenges State’s CEQA Compliance in Permitting Fracking

The oil and gas industry’s increased use of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” continues to gain attention in California....more

The Dirt Report: October 2012 -- Environmental Claims Reach New Depths Over Hydraulic Fracking

In October 2012, the Sierra Club and a number of other environmental groups filed a lawsuit to force the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to prepare an environmental...more

Environmental Groups File CEQA Action to Enjoin California Regulators from Permitting Fracking

On October 16, 2012, four environmental groups filed a state court action alleging that California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act...more

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