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What Legislative Changes Can Oil and Gas Companies Operating in California Expect in 2017?

Wed Apr 19th, On Environmental Law, by

The period for California legislators to introduce bills for consideration during the first half of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session recently closed, and there are several notable environmental regulatory proposals for companies in the oil and gas industry. Here are some of the highlights: New Reporting Requirements to DOSH Under the California Refinery and Chemical Plant Worker Safety Act of 1990 (the “Act”), petroleum refineries in California are required to submit […]

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Register for the 2017 Inland Empire Your Voice – Land, Air and Water Program

Tue Apr 18th, On Firm News, by

Register for the 2017 Inland Empire Your Voice – Land, Air and Water: Navigating Complex Environmental Issues in the Inland Empire presented by the Environmental Law Section. The program is on Friday, May 5th at Riverside City College from 9:00am to 4:00pm.   To learn more about the program, click here to view the brochure.  The deadline for online registration is April 28th. Click here to register.  Earn 5.5 Hours MCLE credit. 

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Ninth Circuit Favors Salmon in California Water Battle

Mon Apr 17th, On Environmental Law, by

A unanimous three-judge Ninth Circuit panel ruled that the Department of Interior (“DOI”) and the Bureau of Reclamation (“Bureau”) had both the right and the obligation to release water to preserve a Native American fishing ground and prevent salmon die-off downstream.  Central to this case is the balancing act between Congressional goals to maintain and protect fisheries (environmental objectives) and the state-wide need for water (commercial objectives).  Two congressional acts, […]

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Of Judges and Presidents: Judicial Review of Executive Orders

Wed Apr 12th, On Environmental Law, by

Although we are years away from circumscribing the legacy of President Trump, if his first 100 days are any indication, his legacy – whatever it may be – will likely be defined in part by the executive order. While Presidents throughout American history have used this tool to advance their agendas, so far President Trump has been one of the most-aggressive advocates of independent executive authority. However, as our California […]

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