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CEQA Plaintiffs Still Searching For “Unusual Circumstances”

The First District Court of Appeal recently upheld the City of South San Francisco’s decision to approve a CUP for converting office buildings to a medical clinic via a CEQA categorical exemption. (Respect Life South San Francisco v. City of South San Francisco (2017) Case No. A145992.) The proposed conversion included only minor physical changes […]

Two Mitchell Chadwick Attorneys Chosen For 2017 Super Lawyers List

Mitchell Chadwick LLP Is Pleased To Announce That Two Of Its Attorneys Have Been Chosen For The 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers List G. Braiden Chadwick and Patrick G. Mitchell were again selected for the Northern California Super Lawyers List in the practice areas of Land Use and Zoning law. More information is available at […]

Army Corps Approves Dakota Access Pipeline

Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers sent a Notification to Congress regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, announcing the Corps’ intention to grant an easement for the oil pipeline to cross Lake Oahe. (Document HERE.) The easement is located north of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and is the subject of the Standing Rock […]

President Trump’s Nominees for Interior and Energy Easily Approved By Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Secretary of the Interior nominee Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry were approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, paving the way for their confirmation by the full Senate. The committee approved Zinke by a 16-6 vote, and Perry by a 16-7 vote. Angering the Democrats on the Committee, […]

BLM Reaches Settlement Agreement in Longstanding Utah Land Use Litigation

On January 13, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) filed a settlement agreement in U.S. District Court along with off-highway vehicle advocates and various conservation groups. If approved by the court, the agreement would end more than 8 years of litigation over land use and travel management plans on approximately 10 million BLM-administered acres in […]

Keystone XL and Dakota Access: President Trump Takes Action to Expedite Priority Energy and Infrastructure Projects

Full White House Press Release HERE. President Donald J. Trump today signed a series of Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda in keeping with his promise to reduce the burden of regulations and expedite high priority energy and infrastructure projects that will create jobs and increase national security. Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Keystone XL […]

Pipelines: Feds Issue New Guidelines

The federal Department of Transportation has issued new guidelines requiring pipeline operators to report accidents and spills more quickly.  The rules give specific time frames for accidents and cost-recovery provisions for new projects.  New Regulations HERE.  The new rules come a week after PHMSA announced new regulations regarding onshore hazardous liquid pipelines.

Mining Industry Prepares for Incoming Trump Administration

The mining industry is optimistic that the Trump administration will reduce regulatory burdens on mining and support efforts to open new mines. Several lawmakers have already introduced mining-related bills, and the American Exploration & Mining Association is working on a “wish list” of mining related asks for the incoming administration.  For example, the mining industry […]

Controversial: Obama creates 3 new national monuments, expands 2 others

Obama creates 3 new national monuments, expands 2 others In his last week, President Obama controversially announced the creation of three new national monuments and the expansion of two existing national monuments using the Antiquities Act of 1906. The Antiquities Act was passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by Theodore Roosevelt […]

Lawmakers Consider Reforms to California’s Water Delivery Rules

Lawmakers Consider Reforms to California’s Water Delivery Rules Representatives from California and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced H.R. 23 on January 4, 2017, to facilitate further drought relief for California farmers and water districts. Among other things, the bill aims to protect water rights, reduce costs of water delivery contracts, amend the 1992 Central […]

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