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California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Bill targeting Cadiz water transfer stalls in Senate committee - San Bernardino County Sun - Sep 1 - A bill designed to block the transfer of groundwater from the inland Southern...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

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

EPA Eases Path to Superfund Listing: Vapor Intrusion Component Added to the Hazardous Ranking System

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the EPA adding the consideration of vapor intrusion in its Superfund site investigations, hundreds of sites that previously would not rank high enough to qualify for listing on the National Priorities...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - September 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California sets reduction targets for black carbon, other climate pollutants - San Diego Union-Tribune - Sep 19 - Governor Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law Senate Bill...more

Cabot Oil & Gas Continues to Fight $4.24 Million Federal Court Jury Verdict on Landowners’ Nuisance and Negligence Claims

by BakerHostetler on

After a recent round of post-trial motion briefing in Ely v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Case No. 3:09-cv-02284-MCC (M.D. Pa.), it appears one of the most heavily publicized landowner lawsuits against an exploration and...more

When Will They Ever Learn? CBD Files Another Questionable Lawsuit Against DOGGR

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On August 3, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”) filed suit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) and the State Water Resources Control Board (“Water Board”),...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Judge invalidates long-fought Delta management plan Sacramento Bee - Jun 24 - In a decision that could delay or complicate Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two huge...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - June 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - PG&E to close Diablo Canyon, California's last nuclear power plant - Los Angeles Times - Jun 21 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) announced on Tuesday that it plans to close...more

Updated Status of Oil-and Gas-Related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

June 3, 2016 was the final deadline for oil- and gas-related bills introduced in the 2015-2016 legislative session to move through their house of origin. Below is a summary of those bills, many of which relate to natural gas...more

One Final Word on Peterborough Oil: Yes, MTBE Is An Additive

The final answer to the critical issue raised by the recent Peterborough Oil Company decision is that MTBE is an additive and is not, in MassDEP’s view, subject to the “oil exemption” under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan....more

The Accommodation Doctrine Gets Its Feet Wet

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s start with a little background: Under the Accommodation Doctrine an oil and gas lessee has an implied right to use the land as reasonably necessary to produce and remove the minerals, but must exercise the right with...more

When Contract is Silent, Accommodation Doctrine Applies to Water Rights Disputes

A case that has been closely followed by oil and gas and other interests which involves groundwater disputes has now been decided by the Texas Supreme Court. In Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC, v. The City of Lubbock, decided on May...more

Tenth Circuit Bars Class Tort Claims for Failing to Plead Injury

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Underscoring the importance of pleading actual injury in a toxic tort class action, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit dismissed Oklahoma class claims that were based only on “reasonable concern” of future injury...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Three Michigan state and local officials face first criminal charges in Flint water crisis - The Guardian - Apr 20 - Three state and local officials involved in Flint’s water...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - April 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Justices suggest support for landowners in wetlands case - Bloomberg - Mar 30 - U.S. Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum signaled in oral argument this week...more

Pennsylvania Jury Awards $4.2 Million in Groundwater Contamination Case

by BakerHostetler on

On Thursday, a federal jury in Pennsylvania ordered Cabot Oil & Gas to pay more than $4.2 million in damages to two Pennsylvania families who sued in 2009 alleging that the Texas-based company’s drilling operations...more

Alert: Gas Station Owners: State to Pursue Claims of MTBE Contamination

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Over a decade ago, Connecticut, like much of the country, had concerns over groundwater contamination from gasoline containing the additive MTBE. Although much of the country had let the issue of MTBE contamination fall by...more

Operating a Well in California May Automatically Put You At Risk for a Prop 65 Lawsuit

by Polsinelli on

California's Proposition 65 is notorious for its duty-to-warn requirement, which states that a business must give a clear and reasonable warning prior to exposing people to certain levels of any listed chemical. The warning...more

SRBC Proposes Regulations to Authorize General Permits

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC or Commission) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on September 21, 2015 in which, among other things, the agency seeks to authorize general permits for projects that meet...more

Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

by Stoel Rives LLP on

September 11, 2015, was the deadline for lawmakers to pass legislation and send to the Governor for signature or veto. Below is a summary of several bills related to oil and gas activities, which Stoel Rives has been...more

Did the 2015 Texas Legislature Help Oil and Gas?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Your Texas legislators have done their work and the citizens are safe for the next two years.  The other good news is that industry supporters generally believe the 2015 Legislature was their friend. House Bill 2: Set...more

2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Pierce Atwood Environmental and Land Use Practice Group is pleased to provide the 2015 Summary of Key Maine Environmental Legislation enacted or carried over in the First Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature...more

Toilet to Frac: Legal and Practical Aspects of Using Municipal Effluent for Fracing in Texas

by BakerHostetler on

Thus far, the idea of using purified municipal sewage effluent—“reclaimed water” in industry parlance—for city water supplies has proven a tough sell. Human psychology poses significant barriers to overcoming the “toilet to...more

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