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Environmental Law Updates

Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer’s Environmental Law Update is an e-newsletter authored by attorney Beaux Jones, which provide discussions on Louisiana state and federal court decisions and legislative developments concerning environmental-related matters.

13 Mar 2018

Environmental Law Update: Louisiana Sea Grant Update

This is a follow-up to our August 2017 Environmental Law Update entitled “Louisiana Legislature Taps Sea Grant to Find Common Ground in Public Access to Waterways Controversy.” After weeks of staring at our inbox, the much anticipated Louisiana Sea Grant…

24 Jan 2018

Environmental Law Update: The Dusky Gopher Frog Goes to Washington

On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) announced that it would hear a challenge to the U.S. Fifth Circuit’s decision upholding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“FWS”) critical-habitat designation on 1,500 acres of…

11 Jan 2018

Environmental Law Update: LDEQ Begins Regulatory Process to Create Water Quality Trading Program

Act 371 of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session, which was signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards on June 23, 2017, set out the framework for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) to establish a Water Quality Trading Program (‘WQT…

1 Nov 2017

Environmental Law Update: SLFPA-E Case Dismissal

The alleged pipeline damage case brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against some 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies (SLFPA-E, et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., et al.) has come to an end. The case, which…

28 Sep 2017

Coastal Use Permitting: Flood Protection Project vs. Potential Mitigation Bank

Living and working in coastal Louisiana requires a constant balancing act between mitigation, adaptation and structural protection. This balance has been put on center stage by a recent coastal use permitting process and judicial review that has pitted a landowner…

12 Sep 2017

Streamlining, Dolphins & Coastal Restoration: How might the proposed Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017 affect coastal restoration efforts?

Depending on your location, industry and interests, the concept of “streamlining” environmental review processes may invoke either chest pains or a standing ovation. However, as with most issues in Louisiana, it is slightly more complicated. As the state works to…

21 Aug 2017

Conservation Easements: How flexible is too flexible?

For conservation easements[1] there is an inherent struggle between the IRS requirement of perpetuity[2] and the need for flexibility. To ensure the continued conservation of natural resources and habitats, it is important to ensure that easements are not simply undone…

14 Aug 2017

Louisiana Legislature Taps Sea Grant to Find Common Ground in Public Access to Waterways Controversy

In recent months, tension among fishing guides, private anglers, coastal landowners and the State of Louisiana over the public’s right to access waterways has reached a fever pitch. This has prompted several news and law review articles, the formation of…

14 Aug 2017

Louisiana Delegation Introduces the Red Snapper Act of 2017

In a move applauded by recreational anglers, Louisiana’s 6th District Representative Garret Graves (R-LA 6) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced a bipartisan, cross-chamber bill to drastically change the management of the red snapper[1] fishery in the Gulf of Mexico. The…

7 Aug 2017

Louisiana Supreme Court Clarifies the Meaning of “Good Faith” in Environmental Whistleblower Statute

Siding with a terminated employee and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), the Louisiana Supreme Court clarified the meaning of the phrase “good faith” in the context of the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act (LEQA) whistleblower protection statute, La. R.S….

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