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California Supreme Court Holds Groundwater Pumping Charges Are Not Property-Related Charges Subject to Proposition 218 - Case May...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Supreme Court concluded recently that a local water agency’s groundwater pumping charges are not property-related charges subject to the substantive and procedural requirements of California Constitution...more

Energy Bill Goes to Conference

by King & Spalding on

On September 8, House and Senate conferees met for the first time to consider the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016, the comprehensive energy reform bill that has slowly been making its way through...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from June 16 - July 15, 2016. Brazil’s proposal to establish the region’s first comprehensive chemical regulatory program is the top story of this issue. Elsewhere, Chile...more

Senate Hears Testimony on Senator Feinstein’s Emergency Drought Relief Bill

by Nossaman LLP on

On May, 17, 2016, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Energy held hearings on a number of pending bills, including S. 2533, sponsored by Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). The...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown authorizes streamlined groundwater: Allen Matkins - Oct 13: On Friday, October 9, 2015, Governor Brown signed a suite of bills that has the potential to significantly...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

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. General Effective Date Clarification - Around 6 pm on Thursday, July 16, the First Regular...more

2015 Florida Legislative Update: Environment, Growth Management and Water

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Legislature concluded its 2015 regular session on May 1, 2015. However, for all practical purposes, the session ended on April 28, when the House unexpectedly adjourned three days early after it became clear the...more

Catch 22: “If You’re Moving Dirt, You Need to Control Your Dust” (But Don’t Use Potable Water!)

Returning from an Oregon vacation in this past Summer along I-5, I found frequent reminders of the extraordinary drought conditions prevailing across California. A grey smoky gloom blanketed the California-Oregon border from...more

Swing, Pendulum, Swing: California's Historic Drought and Unprecedented Responses

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Most know by now that California is facing one of its driest years in recorded history. Yet droughts are not new to California, and to put things in context we can be thankful that current drought conditions are only as bad...more

Florida's Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation Funding Passed by Voters - The 20-Year Program Will Generate Almost $20 Billion...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Florida's Water and Land Conservation Initiative that dedicates billions of dollars to conservation over the next 20 years was ratified by the voters by a wide margin. Voters in all parts of the state and across the political...more

RAD expansion and “Pay-For-Success” Utility Demonstration among the innovations included in the Senate’s mark of the T-HUD...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its draft Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2015. While the bill generally falls short of the funding...more

Court Upholds Approvals for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Trial Court Validates Agreements and Plans for Large Public-Private Water Project and Approves CEQA Review - The Orange County Superior Court last week issued rulings rejecting all six challenges to the environmental...more

Dry Times: How to Deal with the Impact of California’s Drought on Critical Commercial Agreements

On January 17, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a “State of Emergency” in California due to the severity of drought conditions across the State. Since then, the California drought continues to be severe and...more

Should Corporations Conserve Water Because A Shareholder Believes It’s The Right Thing To Do?

by Allen Matkins on

Last month, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) sent a letter to its California real estate and private equity managers asking that they take a number of steps to conserve water. I found CalPERS’...more

Conservation Groups Petition EPA To Require Stormwater Permits At Existing New England Sites

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and other environmental groups recently filed petitions urging EPA New England, along with other EPA offices in the Mid-Atlantic and Southwest, to use EPA’s Residual Designation Authority...more

Texas Railroad Commission Amends Fracturing Fluid Recycling Rules to Encourage Water Conservation

by BakerHostetler on

Under rules adopted by the Texas Railroad Commission (Commission) on March 26, 2013, effective April 15, 2013, Texas hydraulic fracturing operators may recycle fracturing fluids on their own leased or owned land used for...more

Northern California House Members Introduce Bill To Raise A Hurdle To Bay Delta Conservation Plan

by Nossaman LLP on

Recently, House Representatives John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton, CA), Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento, CA), George Miller (D-Martinez, CA), and Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena, CA) introduced H.R. 6484...more

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