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2018 Environmental Legislation Part 2: Environmental Bills

Smith Enviorment

July 28, 2018. 14 of House Bill 374 (2018 Regulatory Reform Act) directs the Environmental Management Commission to study delegated local stormwater programs to identify: 1. The 2018 Farm Act, Senate Bill 711 greatly limits nuisance lawsuits against swine operations. In addition to the environmental policy changes in the budget, several bills amended environmental laws. Among the more significant changes: Stormwater.

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The Silicon Mountain – How Should Businesses Deal with E-Waste?

Environment Blog

Electronic waste is a huge problem. A problem that has been growing exponentially since the early 20 th century when the first home radios hit the stores. Since then, we’ve been dumping everything from TVs to toasters, with little thought for the environment.

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Eco-friendly Catering

Environment Blog

The catering sector provides the opportunity for an entrepreneur to create a business that resonates to his or her personality. It’s a highly competitive market, but also one in which it is easy to create your own niche, and a service that stands out from the crowd.

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33 Easy And Affordable Zero Waste Party Tips

Onya

We humans love to celebrate, but all to often those celebrations can come with a steep environmental cost.

2018 56
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Nestlé Has Cut Greenhouse Gases by 4 Million Tons Since 2018. How?

Environment + Energy Leader

The post Nestlé Has Cut Greenhouse Gases by 4 Million Tons Since 2018. Nestlé is well along the path to ensuring that 800 sites in 187 countries are totally green by 2025.

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Baron & Budd’s John Fiske Receives Presidential Award of Merit from Consumer Attorneys of California

Eco Lawyers

Fiske was recognized by CAOC at its annual convention on November 15, 2018, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Currently, the firm is actively investigating the Camp Fire in Northern California, as well as the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, both of which began on November 8, 2018.

2018 52
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2018 Annual NEPA Report Available

NAEP Leadership Blog

This report contains summaries of NEPA developments during 2018 as well as the NEPA Practice’s efforts for the past year. The National Association of Environmental Professionals' (NAEP's) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Practice is pleased to present our eleventh NEPA Annual Report. This annual report is prepared and published through the initiative and volunteer efforts of members of the NAEP’s NEPA Practice. Learn More

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Haynesville shale gas production is increasing again; Will Haynesville-related litigation increase again, too?

The Energy Law Blog

In August 2018, dry natural gas production from the Haynesville shale averaged 6.774 billion cubic feet per day, which is the highest daily Haynesville production average since September 2012 when production averaged 6.962 billion cubic feet per day. August 2018 was not an anomaly.

2018 52
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Growing Assortment of Green Building Materials Fuels New Projects

Planet Save

The post Growing Assortment of Green Building Materials Fuels New Projects appeared first on PlanetSave.

2018 52
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Small Changes to Make Your Property More Eco Friendly

Environment Blog

We are all aware of how the choices we make impact the world around us and our properties can have a huge impact on the environment.

2018 52
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Five Important Points About the “SAFE Vehicle Rule”

Law Columbia

By Romany Webb. On Thursday, August 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly issued the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Rule (SAFE Vehicle Rule).

2018 52
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AccountAbility Releases Additional Translation of the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018) in Romanian

3BL Media

DESCRIPTION: NEW YORK and LONDON, February 18, 2022 /3BL Media/ - AccountAbility continues to expand global access to its principles-based sustainability guidance by announcing the launch of the Romanian translation of the AA1000 AccountAbility Principles (AA1000AP, 2018).

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Global Perspectives on a Global Pact for the Environment

Law Columbia

Edited by Michael Burger (Sabin Center for Climate Change Law), Teresa Parejo (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network) and Lisa Sachs (Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment). With research and administrative support from Nathan Lobel (Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment).

2018 52
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Update: Upcoming Hearings on Motions to Dismiss Climate Change Nuisance Cases in California and New York

Law Columbia

By Michael Burger. Climate change nuisance litigation is entering a new and dynamic phase. Tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, Judge William H. Alsup in the federal district court in San Francisco will hear oral argument on motions to dismiss filed in City of Oakland v. BP P.L.C. ,

2018 52
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Sports Organizations Buy Carbon Offsets to Finance Cookstoves in Low-Income African Countries

Law Columbia

By Ama Francis. Five sports entities explained why they have become industry leaders by engaging with voluntary carbon offset markets at Friday’s Sports and Climate Change Summit. Photo courtesy of South Pole. The New York Yankees, New York Mets, NASCAR, U.S.

2018 52
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Proposed Amendments to Endangered Species Act Regulations Could Curtail Protections for Species Imperiled by Climate Change

Columbia Climate Law

By Jessica Wentz. In July, the U.S.

2018 52
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Louisiana’s Third Circuit (Again) Affirms the Applicability of the Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine to Mineral Leases

The Energy Law Blog

In a unanimous opinion issued July 18, 2018 in Grace Ranch, LLC v.

2018 52
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Environmental Engineering: Why You Should Pursue It As A Career

AAEE

At the University level, there are a lot of areas you can decide to develop a career on but none has proven to be as important or vital for a healthy earth than environmental engineering.

2018 52
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The Lifehacker’s Guide to Living with Less Plastic (The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to a Plastic-Free Life)

Onya

Living as plastic-free as possible is challenging but it is important for all of us to do what we can. Plastic has become one of the most harmful materials to our environment.

2018 52
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Southern California Wildfires & Mudslides

Eco Lawyers

January 17, 2018 – Today, the California Fire Lawyers , a legal group representing victims of wildfires, expressed their condolences and support for Southern California communities impacted by devastating mudslides.

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Hurricane Halliburton

Corp Watch

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Corp Watch

An Alternative Annual Report on Halliburton. Contact: Pratap Chatterjee, (510) 271-8080. .

2018 52
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FBA Provides Update on Maritime Developments in New Orleans and the Lower Mississippi River Region

The Energy Law Blog

With Norwegian Cruise Line’s announcement of a new 4,000-passenger vessel to homeport in New Orleans in 2018, those numbers should easily be exceeded. I attended a great meeting yesterday at the Port of New Orleans hosted by the FBA Admiralty Law Committee.

2018 52
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German Court Allows Peruvian Farmer To Sue RWE Over Climate Change

Corp Watch

Saul Luciano Lliuya, a farmer who lives near Lake Palcacocha in the Peruvian Andes, has sued Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk (RWE), a major German utility company, to pay for the impact of climate change on his community. A court in Hamm, Germany, has agreed to hear the case

2018 52
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The Best Universities To Train At As An Environmental Engineer

AAEE

Environmental engineers work to discover new ways to keep the world less polluted. They focus on applying scientific and engineering standards in an effort to protect the environment and people from the adverse effects of human and natural activities that cause pollution.

2018 52
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U.S. Fifth Circuit Issues CAFA Opinion in Mass Action Addressing Two Issues of First Impression

The Energy Law Blog

In Warren Lester, et al. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., 14-31383, F.3d (5th Cir. 1/9/2018), the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing two issues of first impression involving the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”). [1] 1] A full copy of the opinion can be accessed here.

2018 52
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Constitutional Amendment Update

Smith Enviorment

September 16, 2018. On August 24, 2018, the N.C. On August 22, 2018, a three-judge panel issued an order in the Governor’s favor and barred the printing of ballots showing the two amendments as described in the bills. legislature reconvened to change two of the proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot. This blogpost concerns one of the two, House Bill 913 ( Bipartisan Ethics and Elections Enforcement), discussed in an earlier blogpost.

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Grizzly Bears – Self-Defense?

Environmental Crimes

On June 26, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion that reversed the trial court conviction of a Montana man who had been convicted under the criminal provisions of the Endangered Species Act for shooting and killing a grizzly bear. June 26, 2018).

2018 40
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Hurricane Florence: Deja Vu All Over Again

Smith Enviorment

September 23, 2018. Updated information on swine waste lagoons (as of noon on September 22, 2018): Animal Operations – Swine Lagoons. A serious storm accompanied by flooding has many environmental impacts and most are all too familiar to North Carolina from past storms. Once the immediate rescue phase has ended, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has a larger role in hurricane response than the public may realize.

2018 40
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Arkema Indictment

Environmental Crimes

On August, 3, 2018, Arkema (a French chemical company), Richard Rowe (Arkema CEO) and Leslie Comardelle (Arkema’s plant manager), were indicted by a Harris County grand jury for the reckless emission of an air contaminant in violation of the Texas Water Code.

2018 40
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Deserts as Ecosystems and Why They Need Protecting

Environmental Science

What is a Desert? Deserts conjure up specific ideas about topography: typically, that they are dry and sandy dunes or rock, or a mixture of both. But deserts are far more than this and there are multiple types.

2018 56
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The Coastal Zone Management Act Litigation Removed to Federal Court (Again)

The Energy Law Blog

On or about May 23, 2018, several Defendants in the Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) Litigation filed Notices of Removal in 42 lawsuits filed against 212 oil and gas companies by six different parishes (Plaquemines, Jefferson, Cameron, Vermilion, St. The timing of the removal was based on Plaintiffs’ expert report, which was produced on April 30, 2018. 2018).

2018 40
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Some Thoughts on Registration of CPA’s as Solicitors

The Energy Law Blog

For many investment advisers, CPAs are a big source of referrals. Often these CPAs are compensated for the referrals. Most states now require registration of solicitors, including CPAs, as investment adviser representatives (“IAR”). This article provides some background on these requirements. A Little Refresher What is a solicitor? A solicitor is a person who, directly or indirectly, solicits or refers clients to an adviser.

2018 40
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Constitutional Amendments

Smith Enviorment

August 1, 2018. The General Assembly drafted six proposed amendments to the N.C. Constitution that will be on the November ballot for voter approval (or not). Two of the proposed amendments could affect environmental and natural resource policy. Appointments to boards and commissions. House Bill 913 (short title: Bipartisan Ethics and Elections Enforcement) proposes to amend the Constitution to give the General Assembly more power to appoint members to state boards and commissions.

2018 40
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Expropriation ruling explains landowner’s burden to prove severance damages to a “legal certainty.”

The Energy Law Blog

On November 8, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals added to the relatively sparse body of appellate rulings in pipeline expropriation matters. In an unpublished opinion , the court affirmed that landowners whose property is expropriated must prove their entitlement to severance damages to a “legal certainty.” Under Louisiana law, owners of expropriated property can seek just compensation for the property taken.

2018 40
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FIFTH CIRCUIT BEGINS TO CLEAN UP ITS JURISPRUDENCE ON HOW TO DETERMINE WHETHER A CONTRACT IS (OR IS NOT) MARITIME

The Energy Law Blog

568 (5th Cir 2018). [3] 3] 2018 WL 3420665 (5th Cir. July 13, 2018). [4] After some thirty years of wrestling with the cumbersome six-part test set forth in Davis & Sons, Inc.

2018 40
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The Farm Bill’s Uncertain Future

Vermont Law

Consequently, unresolved negotiations over its content can sometimes lead to the bill’s expiration without a successor, as they did in both 2012 and 2018, leaving many programs and the individuals who rely on them without funding or authority. The recently passed 2018.

2018 52
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Physics: The Science of the Universe and Everything In It

Environmental Science

Along with chemistry and biology , physics completes the trinity of the original “hard” sciences - those that use testable predictions and hypotheses, experiments, and mathematics and modelling as opposed to the “soft” sciences which use more qualitative data and which relies far less on testing.

2018 56
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Texas Court Holds Drop in Oil Prices is Not Force Majeure

The Energy Law Blog

01-16-00579, 2018 WL 2437449 (Tex. Houston May 31, 2018). On Thursday, a divided panel of the Texas Court of Appeals in Houston held that the 2014-2015 drop in oil prices is not a force majeure for purposes of general force majeure contractual protection. In TEC Olmos, LLC v. ConocoPhillips , the court addressed a dispute between ConocoPhillips Company and TEC Olmos over a farmout agreement that required Olmos to commence drilling by a specified date.

2018 40
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Louisiana Supreme Court’s reversal of Gloria’s Ranch clarifies calculation of damages for unpaid mineral royalties, provides relief for holders of security interests in mineral rights

The Energy Law Blog

A mortgagee with a security interest in a mineral lease can’t be held liable for breaches of the lease In an opinion released June 27, 2018, the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed the finding that Wells Fargo was liable with the mineral lessees for the failure to release the mineral lease under Mineral Code articles 206 and 207. The Louisiana Supreme Court’s reversal of Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. Tauren Exploration, Inc.

2018 40
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China’s Waste Ban Exposes Missing Links in Recycling

Vermont Law

In 2018, the world entered a municipal waste management crisis. Until the 2018 ban, China was importing. Although China’s waste ban follows two decades of laws and regulations limiting unusable waste imports, the 2018 ban is the most forceful policy so far.

2018 52
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Seven essential books on energy and climate change

Edouard Stenger

Looking for a summer read with a bit more substance than the latest mystery novel? These seven books are loaded with it. They probably won’t make you shiver, but they will give you insight into the greatest threat facing our planet as well as clear steps that can be taken to address it.

2018 56
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Louisiana Fifth Circuit Weighs in on Proper Application of Prescription and Contra Non in NORM Litigation

The Energy Law Blog

In a case sure to be used as a sword by many defendants in the prevalent NORM (naturally occurring radioactive material) litigation in Louisiana and elsewhere, Patricia Lennie, et al. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al.,

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