environmental law

Land use

land use law: an overview

In colonial America, few regulations existed to control the use of land, due to the seemingly endless amounts of it. As society shifted from rural to urban, public land regulation became important, especially to city...

Liquefied natural gas rates

Rates for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Natural Gas Act ("NGA"; 15 U.S.C. § 717) imposes requirements for those rates. NGA § 3(e)(4) states that FERC-approved projects “...

Natural resources

natural resources law: an overview

Natural resources, as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (40 C.F.R.), encompass land, fish, wildlife, biota, air, water, ground water, drinking water supplies, and other such resources belonging to, managed by...


Pollution: an overview

Pollution is the contamination of air, water, or earth by harmful substances. Concern for pollution developed alongside concerns for the environment in general. See Environmental law. The advent of automobiles, increased chemical...

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 42 U.S.C. §6901 et seq

RCRA Overview

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA): This act, which regulates land-based disposal of waste (and focuses on hazardous waste) has the goal of reducing...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryReferring to land adjoining a river or stream.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

Riparian doctrine

In dealing with water rights, the riparian doctrine states that water belongs to the person whose land borders a body of water. Riparian owners are permitted to make reasonable use of this water provided it does not unreasonably interfere with the...

riparian rights

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryRights of the owner of land adjacent to a river or stream to use the water for certain purposes. State laws vary on the extent of the rights given riparian landowners.A riparian landowner may not, however...

SLAPP suit


Stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. Lawsuit filed strategically by a corporation against a group or activist opposing certain action taken by the corporation, usually in the realm of an environmental protest. Typical...