Ohio City May Not Limit Drilling Within Its Borders
The Ohio Supreme Court held that a city may not restrict oil and gas drilling within its borders. The city sought to enforce five local ordinances limiting drilling within its borders after an energy company had already obtained the necessary state permits. The ordinances, however, conflict with state law.
A settling CERCLA defendant must sell the National Petroleum Packers site, a former glycol reprocessing facility in North Carolina, and give the majority of the proceeds to EPA to resolve claims for response costs incurred at the site.
Lawsuit Against Oil and Gas Companies for Coastal Erosion Dismissed
A district court dismissed a flood protection board's lawsuit against 88 oil and gas companies for damages stemming from coastal erosion along a "buffer zone" in southeast Louisiana. The companies do not owe a legal duty to the board, arising under either Louisiana law or the Rivers and Harbors Act, the CWA, or the CZMA, to protect the board from the results of coastal erosion allegedly caused by the companies' oil and gas activities in the buffer zone.
The March 2015 issue of ELR's News & Analysis features excerpts from three of the seven books published by ELI Press in 2014. In the first excerpt, Cynthia Giles, a contributing author to LeRoy Paddock's and Jessica Wentz's Next Generation Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, discusses key elements of EPA's “Next Gen” compliance initiative. The second excerpt, from John Nolon's Protecting the Environment Through Land Use Law: Standing Ground, presents a comprehensive framework for applying traditional land use authority to preserve natural resources and the environment. And an excerpt from Barry Hill's Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice introduces readers to the concept of environmental justice and its relationship to sustainable development. The issue also includes the transcript to an ELI seminar on key issues in setting water quality standards.