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Tag Archives: NEPA

A Win for Appropriative Water Rights

Posted in NEPA, Water Law
In an unpublished opinion released August 24th, the Ninth Circuit rejected a long waged effort to upend the City of Bend’s water planning by forcing it to abandon its vested surface water rights in favor of an all-groundwater supply. As is often the case, plaintiffs chose a somewhat oblique attack on the City’s water planning,… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court’s CEQA Ruling Reaches Beyond Residential Development

Posted in California, Environmental Quality, NEPA, Rulemakings
On Monday March 2, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision allowing a Berkeley home builder to use an exemption from detailed environmental assessment under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) in its proposed construction of a nearly 10,000 square foot residence in the Berkeley hills.  While the limited holding of the case relates… Continue Reading

As Wind Farm Industry Matures, Environmental Opposition Grows

Posted in Federal, Land Use, NEPA, Renewables
The wind farm industry has been the fastest growing element of the renewables in the US.  Despite the political obstacles facing developers, on-shore operations are expanding, and offshore operations are expected to kick off in the next few years along the East Coast.  An unwelcome sign of that success may be the increased scrutiny being… Continue Reading