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April 2014
Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Settlement Seeks to Resolve Long-Standing Water Dispute
On March 4, 2014, representatives from the federal government, Klamath Tribes, State of Oregon, and private ranchers publicly released a Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement (the Proposed Agreement) intended to resolve long-standing disputes over water allocation in the Upper Klamath River Basin and provide an equitable balance between irrigation diversions for agricultural uses and instream flows to support tribal fisheries....

April 2014
U.S. State Department Releases the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline
On January 31, 2014, the U.S. State Department released the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The Final SEIS concluded that the proposed pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution. Beginning on February 5, 2014, the State Department opened a 30-day comment period for the public to weigh in on whether construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline would be in the national interest of the United States....

April 2014
Fifth Circuit Finds that Local Jurisdictions' Police Powers Are Preempted by Federal Clean Water Act in Deepwater Horizon Litigation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to overrule the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana's refusal to remand back to state court and decision to dismiss the state law claims brought by local governmental entities against British Petroleum and others over pollution-related wildlife damage linked to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, ruling that the federal courts had exclusive jurisdiction and that federal law preempted state law claims....

April 2014
News from the West
This month's New from the West covers legislation and newly filed cases from California, Nevada and Washington. First, California's Governor signed emergency drought relief bills providing $687 million to help communities struggling with water shortages and expedite funding for water supply projects....

April 2014
Utah State Court Declares Water Right Involved in Jensen v. Jones Decision Forfeited Due to Many Years of Non-Use
On remand from the Utah Supreme Court, the state Utah District Court for the Fourth Judicial District has declared the water right in issue forfeited due to lack of use....

April 2014
Nevada/Utah Groups Sue Federal Officials for Environmental Impacts of Las Vegas Water Supply Pipeline
Several Indian Tribes and various groups from Nevada and Utah filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Nevada challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) approval of a $15 billion project to build over 250 miles of water pipelines across public land to Las Vegas....

April 2014
Fifth Circuit Finds that Local Jurisdictions' Police Powers Are Preempted by Federal Clean Water Act in Deepwater Horizon Litigation
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to overrule the federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana's refusal to remand back to state court and decision to dismiss the state law claims brought by local governmental entities against British Petroleum and others over pollution-related wildlife damage linked to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, ruling that the federal courts had exclusive jurisdiction and that federal law preempted state law claims....

April 2014
U. S. Supreme Court Denies Petition for Certiorari on Ninth Circuit's Ruling against Water Districts' Claims that the U.S. Failed to Provide Adequate Drainage in the CVP
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition for cert. appealing from the Ninth Circuit's 2013 decision ruling against various water districts relating to allegations of a failure to provide adequate water drainage in the Central Valley Project (CVP). (Firebaugh Canal Water Dist. v. U.S., (U.S. Feb. 24,2014); Firebaugh Canal Water Dist. v. U.S., 712 F.3d 1296; (9th Cir. 2013).)...

April 2014
Recent Scientific Studies on Climate Change
Volcanoes May Be Partly Responsible for Global Warming Pause....

April 2014
Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions
Editor's Note: Complaints and indictments discussed below are merely allegations unless or until they are proven in a court of law of competent jurisdiction....

April 2014
Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties and Sanctions
Editor's Note: Complaints and indictments discussed below are merely allegations unless or until they are proven in a court of law of competent jurisdiction....

April 2014
California Senate Introduces Significant New Climate Change Legislation
The 2014 legislative year is in full swing and this year's crop of new bills in the California Senate includes significant new climate change legislation....

April 2014
Ninth Circuit Rejects Challenge to High-Speed Rail Project in Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a U.S. District Court judgment dismissing numerous claims brought by plaintiffs under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act (DTA) in a challenge to the construction of a high-speed rail project in Honolulu, Hawaii....

April 2014
Recent Investigations, Settlements, Penalties, and Sanctions
Editor's Note: Complaints and indictments discussed below are merely allegations unless or until they are proven in a court of law of competent jurisdiction....

April 2014
Arizona, the Bureau of Reclamation and Six Other Colorado Basin States Release Joint Report--Establish Phase I Work Plan: 'Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study'.
In February the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) in conjunction with the State of Arizona and six other Colorado River Basin States released the "Phase I Work Plan" as part of jointly published study on addressing the demand for Colorado River water supply....

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