Can you count on people to do the right thing when no one’s looking? Not necessarily, according to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this week, a 4th Circuit panel vacated an Army Corps of Engineers permit that would have let a developer build a mooring facility and concrete boat ramp near Virginia [...]
Entries Tagged as 'Environmental Law'
June 21st, 2012 · Comments Off · 4th Circuit, Environmental Law, Uncategorized
August 12th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer gave environmentalists a victory by invalidating a permit for a major coal-fired power plant in Southwest Virginia. In yesterday’s ruling, Judge Spencer said that the state Air Pollution Control Board erred in issuing the permit for the $1.8 billion Dominion Virginia Power plant and that the board must craft a [...]
July 29th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
We know we could be opening quite a can of worms by posting lawyer fish stories here, but it’s hard to resist. Here’s a shot of Richmond solo Ed Meade struggling to hold up his 62-inch, 73-pound cobia at a scale in Deltaville. Ed says he caught it Saturday on a live bluefish while chumming [...]
May 28th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
In 2007, conservationists asked the federal government to declare the loggerhead sea turtle, a species that spends its summers in Virginia coastal waters, an endangered species. The government never responed, reports The Virginian-Pilot, so lawyers from three national advocacy groups are expected to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife [...]
February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law, U.Va.
President Obama has named University of Virginia law professor Jon Cannon to the No. 2 post at the Environmental Protection Agency. His position as deputy administrator of the EPA is subject to Senate approval, according to The Daily Progress. If approved, he will take a leave of absence from the law school.
February 13th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
A divided panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Friday to allow mountaintop removal mining without more extensive environmental reviews. The 2-1 decision was written by Judge Roger L. Gregory, joined by Judge Dennis W. Shedd. Judge M. Blane Michael wrote a dissent. As reported by the Associated Press, the rulings are [...]
February 11th, 2009 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
Plans for selling oil and gas drilling rights in the waters off Virginia apparently will not be changed by the Obama team. According to The Virginian-Pilot, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said he would not intervene in a planned sale of exploration and drilling rights in Atlantic waters at least 50 miles off the [...]
October 16th, 2008 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve. U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent made it perfectly clear where her sentiments lie in her report and recommendation issued yesterday in the Ison Rock Ridge logging case: “To a child of Appalachia, to see the mountains laid waste, whether by clear-cutting or strip mining, is to [...]
July 28th, 2008 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
Environmental groups launched a two-pronged legal attack last week on a planned $8-billion coal-burning power plant in Wise County. The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of four other groups, sued in both Richmond Circuit Court and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Two actions filed in the circuit court are administrative appeals of decisions by [...]
October 16th, 2007 · Comments Off · Environmental Law
An environmental activist group has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to stop construction of Interstate 73, a proposed highway from the Roanoke Valley to the North Carolina state line. But the Roanoke Times reports that a group called Virginians for Appropriate Roads filed suit in Richmond, hoping to halt funding for the $4 billion project.