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Roadless Rule Emerges Victorious From Decade of Legal Challenges
Posted on 2 Dec 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Michael Anderson Get the latest expert analysis on the federal "Roadless Area Conservation Rule," which bans road building and logging on millions of acres of national forest land in numerous states. This article includes an overview... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On June 6, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest comments and rating on the State Department's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Keystone XL project, a major new oil pipeline being developed... Read More

Coast Guard stumbles as it tries to preempt Massachusetts state law
Posted on 27 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act (OSPA) was enacted following an oil spill in Buzzards Bay. [As the appellate court notes, Buzzards Bay is a scenically beautiful body of water. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Buzzards_Bay_map.png... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Issues Revised Guidance for Climate Change Analysis in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviews
Posted on 26 Feb 2015 by Al Herson

By Mr. Al Herson Get the latest analysis on the Council on Environmental Quality's revised draft guidance on climate change analysis in NEPA reviews. The article reviews the major provisions of the draft guidance, including analyzing greenhouse... Read More

D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission... Read More

Jenner & Block: EPA Issues New NEPA Mapping Tool
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block EPA has issued a new online mapping tool, NEPAssist, to assist federal agencies in evaluating possible NEPA environmental review obligations. NEPAssist is one of five pilot projects selected by the White... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality Declares That Climate Change is Already Covered in Environmental Impact Review, and No New Regulations Needed
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, was the first U.S. environmental statute of the modern era. It requires the preparation of environmental impact statements... Read More

Pope Francis On Environmental Law
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The remarkable Encyclical Letter issued last month by Pope Francis could be read as a primer on the importance and idealized operation of many of our environmental laws. The headings below are mine; the text is from the... Read More

Environmental Impact Statements Addressing Resiliency and Adaptation
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Ethan I. Strell, Associate Director & Fellow, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law In a subtle but meaningful shift, the environmental impact review process in New York City is beginning to more systematically consider the potential effects... Read More

Export-Import Bank Sued by Environmental Groups for Coal Export Loan Guarantee
Posted on 17 Sep 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Numerous environmental groups, represented by attorneys from Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit against the Export-Import Bank over the Bank’s approval of a $90 million loan guarantee in support of Xcoal’s mining, transport, and export of... Read More

Tags: NEPA , coal

Sabin Center Files Comments on Alaska LNG Project
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Justin Gundlach, Climate Law Fellow The Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project is enormous. It is designed to link natural gas drilling operations on the North Slope of Alaska to liquefaction facilities in Nikiski (south of Anchorage) via an... Read More

Possible Shift of Perspectives on Breadth of NEPA Review; CEQ's Draft Greenhouse Gas Guidance
Posted on 29 Jun 2015 by Duane Morris LLP

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),[1] and the corresponding NEPA regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)[2] and the respective reviewing agencies, federal agencies are required to consider the environmental... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Report Published on Carbon Offshoring: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for U.S. Coal Exports
Posted on 10 Aug 2011 by Daniel Firger

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, releasing far higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and conventional air pollutants-including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide... Read More

CEQ’s Revised Draft Guidance on Addressing Climate Change under NEPA: Federal Agencies Should Analyze Both GHG Emissions and Impacts of Climate Change on Proposed Action
Posted on 23 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On December 24, 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released Revised Draft Guidance on how federal agencies should evaluate GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change when conducting reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act... Read More

Gulf Oil Spill Prompts NEPA Review of Minerals Management Service
Posted on 21 Sep 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Mr. Ronald Bass The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted the Council on Environmental Quality and the Department of Interior to review the Mineral Management Service's compliance with NEPA. MMS is the federal agency within DOI responsible... Read More