September2014

  • judicial relief

    Relief in Sight

    An important case out of Colorado’s North Fork Valley (pictured) in High Country Conservation Advocates v. United States, Civil Action No. 13–cv–01723–RBJ {?}  Ever since the Supreme Court’s decisions in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561...
    September 13, 2014 703 0
  • blog

    Alternatives on a Budget. . .

    Judge Bell of the Western District of Michigan rejected a NEPA challenge to a proposed Forest Service land swap in the Ottawa National Forest Tuesday.  The case, Partners in Forestry Coop. v. U.S. Forest Serv., No. 2:12-CV-184,...
    September 12, 2014 684 0
  • blog

    Segmentation: A Conduit to Conflict

    The pipeline boom has many in the environmental community on alert against a perennial bugbear NEPA veterans know well.  In any infrastructural “system” built and maintained piecemeal, doubts and questions will arise over the measurable or...
    September 10, 2014 1938 0
  • action agencies

    NEPA at Work in the Oil Sands

    The 11 volume Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) the U.S. Dept. of State compiled (or had its contractor compile) in connection with the decision whether to permit construction of the KXL pipeline has done its job.  Or has it?  A...
    September 9, 2014 2788 0
  • CEQ Watch

    Climate Change in NEPA: Dollars and Sense

    An earlier post raised questions about the utility of analyzing greenhouse gas emission differences in the typical NEPA document/routine.  These are hardly new questions.  But we should be clear about two things.  First is the difficulty...
    September 9, 2014 788 0
  • CEQ Watch

    Climate Change in NEPA: When and Why?

    Earlier this month CEQ rejected a petition from three nonprofits that had sought CEQ action on climate change.  In a letter dated Aug. 7, CEQ’s acting chair, Michael Boots, rejected the 2008 petition of the “International...
    September 9, 2014 1243 0
  • NRN

    NRN I: Aagaard on Risk & Disclosure

    In a carefully argued and insightful article in the inaugural edition of the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law in 2012, Villanova’s Professor Todd Aagaard argued that NEPA’s approach to risk and risk analysis has been...
    September 8, 2014 617 0
  • blog

    Bay Delta Plan Challenged

    The controversial Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), a massive public works and environmental proposal for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary, was just dealt a potentially serious blow by EPA Region IX.  The Regional Administrator,...
    September 1, 2014 587 0

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