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Third District Court of Appeal Upholds EIR for Retail Store Expansion

The Third District Court of Appeal issued a partially
published decision in the case Chico Advocates for a Responsible Economy v.
City of Chico (40 Cal.App.5th 839), which address an EIR prepared for a
Walmart Expansion Project. In the published portion, the court addressed the
EIR analysis of urban decay impacts and methodology used therein. The court
upheld the City’s ...Read More

First District Court of Appeal Upholds MND for Winery Project

The First District Court of Appeal issued a published
decision upholding a mitigated negative declaration in the case Maacama Watershed Alliance v. County of
Sonoma (40 Cal.App.5th 1007). It can be difficult to defend an MND in
litigation, so seeing a published case upholding one is somewhat uncommon. This
case focused on the quality of the evidence presented by ...Read More

Challenge to Trump Sage Grouse Protections

On October 16, 2019, a federal court in Idaho blocked
President Trump’s plan to ease bird protections on oil lands. Earlier in 2019,
President Trump’s administration amended the sage grouse protection plans for
Nevada, northeastern California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and
Wyoming.  Under the weakened protections,
the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) could more easily approve oil and gas
leases, drilling ...Read More

Natural Resources Committee Advances Bill Requiring Royalties for Mining Operations on Federal Land

On
October 23, 2019, the Natural Resources Committee voted to advance Chair Raul
Grijalva’s (D-Ariz.) bill, which is intended to update the Mining Law of 1872
(H.R. 2579, Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019).  Unlike the
oil, gas, and coal industries, companies and individuals engaged in mining on
federally-owned land are not currently required to pay royalties to the ...Read More

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