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Fifth District Holds CEQA Action Challenging Individual DOGGR Oil Well Permits Not Barred By Res Judicata Based On Prior Judgment...

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In a 38-page opinion filed May 4, and belatedly ordered published on May 25, 2017, the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed a judgment dismissing a writ petition filed by three environmental groups alleging CEQA violations...more

UPDATE: Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

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Update: September 26, 2016 - On September 21, 2016, the Honorable George C. Hernandez, Jr. issued the final Statement of Decision, which affirmed the tentative decision denying all claims for relief. The court denied...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Proceeds from cap-and-trade auction fall far short of targets - Los Angeles Times - May 25 - The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell...more

Activists ask Court to Scrap EIR and Stop Fracking

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Today, July 30, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed a complaint in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”). CBD claims, among other things, that DOGGR...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2015 #2

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Environmental and Policy Focus - California Approves Drought Curb on Sacramento River Flows - Sacramento Bee - Jul 8: California regulators gave final approval on Tuesday to a controversial drought plan to restrict the...more

DOGGR Releases Final Well Stimulation EIR

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Yesterday, July 1, 2015, pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (“SB 4”) the State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, head of the Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”), certified a Final...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015

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Environmental and Policy Focus: Berkeley Hillside: New Supreme Court decision defines limits of CEQA exemption challenges to development: Allen Matkins - Mar 2: On March 2, the California Supreme Court issued the...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - September 2014

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Environmental and Policy Focus: Federal agency to resume leasing for hydraulic fracturing in California: ABC News - Aug 28: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2014 #2

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

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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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

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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

by Miller Starr Regalia on

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

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

by Allen Matkins on

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

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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

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

by K. Eric Adair on

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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