Last week, a Federal Court vacated a Trump administration rule that weakened Obama-era limits on natural gas methane emissions from drilling on federal and Native American lands. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers said the Trump Administration’s rule was flawed and ill-supported, and restored a 2018 Obama era rule. The judge criticized the Trump administration for moving ahead with its decision to loosen regulation without giving proper consideration to the […]
Monthly Archives: July 2020
Bick Law LLP is proud to announce the election of Kimberly Bick as a new Officer of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Environmental Law Section. She will begin her new post as Secretary of the CLA Environmental Law Section with the term beginning September 26, 2020. Congratulations, Kim!
In April 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a majority 6-3 vote in Hawaii Wildlife Fund et al v. County of Maui, that the County of Maui could no longer inject sewage or recycled water into local groundwater through Lahaina injection wells under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). The groundbreaking case changes the way groundwater is interpreted under the CWA and establishes a new test. Previously, CWA covered only […]
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down and drain its oil (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers et al.). The order gives the Dakota Access operators until August 5th to shut down the pipeline and drain it of all oil pending a review and Environmental Impact Statement (“EIS”) made by the Army Corps of […]