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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Three New Species; National Marine Fisheries Services Lists Subspecies of Hector’s Dolphin

by Nossaman LLP on

On September 20, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) listed three separate species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). USFWS listed the Sonoyta mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) as endangered, and the...more

Interstate Pipeline Project: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to State Water Quality Certification

The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (“Court”) addressed a challenge to a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) related to the proposed construction of an...more

Podcast Episode 7 - Water and Condemnation with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 7, two of Locke Lord’s Dallas Partners, Clint Schumacher and Jeff Mead, talk with Professor Vanessa Casado Perez on Water and Condemnation....more

Ninth Circuit Defers to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Distinct Population Segment Determination

by Nossaman LLP on

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court decision upholding a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) determination that the Sonoran Desert Area bald eagle does not...more

NMFS Issues Final Rule Designating Critical Habitat for the Atlantic Sturgeon

by Nossaman LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a final rule designating critical habitat for the endangered New York Bight, Chesapeake Bay, Carolina, and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments...more

Fifth Circuit Vacates Preliminary Injunction Premised on Endangerment For Lack of Evidence

On August 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, decided the case of Friends of Lydia Ann Channel v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, vacating the preliminary injunction issued by the U.S....more

NMFS issues final Atlantic sturgeon rule

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U.S. fisheries regulators have issued a final rule designating nearly 4,000 river miles in Atlantic watersheds as critical habitat for endangered and threatened Atlantic sturgeon. The rule increases regulatory complexity and...more

National Marine Fisheries Service Declines to List Pacific Bluefin Tuna

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On August 9, 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a 12-month finding on a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) as an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered Species...more

Sage-Grouse: Short Flight for Pending 10 Million-Acre Withdrawal from General Mining Law?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Secretary of the Interior Zinke has directed that the Bureau of Land Management immediately begin implementing the recommendations in his Sage-Grouse Review Team’s report, which was was released today, concerning the 2015...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - August 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Reversing course, EPA will not delay an Obama ozone rule - Washington Post - Aug 3 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reversed its effort to delay Obama...more

Federal Appeals Court Keeps Great Lakes Grey Wolves Listed As Threatened

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On August 1, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision in Humane Society of the U.S. v. Zinke, Case No. 15-5041 (Aug. 1, 2017), affirming a district court decision that keeps the...more

Fixing Finances: The Department of Water Resources Seeks Validation of Bonds to Fund the California WaterFix Project

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The California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) filed a validation action on July 21, 2017, in the Sacramento County Superior Court, seeking to confirm the validity of bonds it has authorized to finance the planning and...more

Dusky Gopher Frog’s Louisiana Critical Habitat Spawns U.S. Supreme Court Writ

by Liskow & Lewis on

A group of Louisiana landowners, Weyerhaeuser Company, and the Pacific Legal Foundation filed Petitions for Writs of Certiorari this month asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS)...more

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Approves Endangered Species Act Delisting for Gray Wolves in Wyoming

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In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), acting on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, delisted the gray wolf in Wyoming as a protected species pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Several...more

DWR Certifies EIR for WaterFix, Triggering 30-Day Deadline for Opponents to File Suit

by Downey Brand LLP on

On July 21, 2017, the California Department of Water Resources (“DWR”) certified the final environmental document and issued its Notice of Determination for the California WaterFix, a significant new water infrastructure...more

USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

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On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

Environmental Law: H.R. 2936 a Solution to Fire-borrowing?

by Lewitt Hackman on

The federal House Natural Resources Committee (HNRC) recently passed H.R. 2936, a bill to improve the overall health of forests and other lands across the country. The bill was introduced by Bruce Westerman (R-AK), who is...more

House Passes California Water Bill

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. David Valadao’s (R-CA) Gaining Responsibility on Water Act. The legislation is co-sponsored by 14 members of the California Delegation, primarily Republicans. The...more

ESA Reform Update

by Nossaman LLP on

Battle lines are being drawn in connection with ongoing efforts by lawmakers to reform the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). In a letter addressed to the leaders of both houses of Congress, the Senate Environmental and Public...more

Hualapai Mexican Vole Removed from List of Endangered Species Due to Erroneous Listing

by Nossaman LLP on

On June 23, 2017, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) promulgated a long-awaited final rule to delist the Hualapai Mexican vole (Microtus mexicanus hualpaiensis) (HMV) due to the Service’s determination that the...more

Court Rules DOJ Enforcement Directive Arbitrary and Capricious

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

A U.S. District Court in Arizona has ruled that DOJ’s narrow interpretation of the requirements for a criminal misdemeanor under the Endangered Species Act went beyond unreviewable prosecutorial discretion, and its policy was...more

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Delist Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

by Nossaman LLP on

On June 22, 2017, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will delist the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis). According to the...more

Environmental Case Law Update – 1st Six Months of 2017

On March 21, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of National Labor Relations Board v. SW General, Inc. This case concerns the operation and application of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (FVRA). ...more

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period for Five Proposed Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

Earlier this week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) issued a notice in the Federal Register that it was reopening the comment period on five proposed rules for four plant species. Specifically, the proposed rules...more

Impact of Ninth Circuit Upholding Biological Opinion for Silver State South Solar Project in Nevada

by Perkins Coie on

In Defenders of Wildlife v. Zinke, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the Biological Opinion prepared by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to assess the impacts on the threatened desert tortoise from the...more

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