Filings and Testimony

  • Jayni Foley Hein, Risks of Crude Oil Shipment by Rail in California, June 19, 2014
  • Jayni Foley Hein, Amicus Brief on Behalf of the Planning and Conversation League and the Council of Infill Builders in CNFF v. San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), February 4, 2014.   
  • Jayni Foley Hein, Hydraulic Fracturing in California: Water Quality Protection, Testimony before the California State Assembly, Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, May 14, 2013
  • Michael Kiparsky, Hydraulic Fracturing in California: Water Quality Protection, Testimony before the California State Assembly, Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials, May 14, 2013
  • Jayni Foley Hein, Comments on FHFA's Proposed Rule on Enterprise Underwriting Standards for Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Programs (Sept. 12, 2012)
  • Ethan Elkind, Preserving Agricultural Land from Development, Testimony at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, July 2012
  • Ethan Elkind, Siting Renewable Energy Facilities on Agricultural Land, Testimony at the California Energy Commission, May 10, 2012
  • Jeffrey Russell, California's Distributed Generation Policies, Testimony at the California Energy Commission, May 10, 2012
  • Ethan Elkind, State Policies for Deploying Energy Storage, Testimony at the California Energy Commission, April 28, 2011 and November 15, 2011
  • Ethan Elkind, Siting Renewable Energy Facilities on Agricultural Land, Testimony before the California State Assembly, Select Committee on Renewable Energy Siting, October 24, 2011.
  • Ethan Elkind, State Policies on Energy Efficiency Upgrades, testimony before the California State Assembly Select Committee on Energy Efficiency, August 4, 2011
  • Ethan Elkind, State Policies for Deploying Energy Storage, Testimony at the California Public Utilities Commission Public Workshop, March 2011
  • A Simple but Fundamental Step:  Put all EISS and EAS on the Web, April 15, 2010
    NEPA provides the basic federal process for illuminating the environmental costs and benefits of “proposals for legislation and other major Federal actions.” 42 U.S.C. 4332 (C). We have a simple suggestion, and one that we believe is in the interest of good and democratic government, but otherwise politically neutral: put the essential and already public documents of NEPA assessment on the web.  Testimony for the President’s Council on Environmental Quality & The U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
  • Testimony on Performance of California Department of Fish & Game
    In January 2010, CLEE Executive Director Richard Frank testified before joint California Assembly and Senate Committees on the legal mandates of California’s Department of Fish & Game, and the record of the Department in fulfilling those mandates.  Frank testified at the request of the California Legislature, surveyed the Department’s legal responsibilities, and assessed the Department’s record in recent years in each of those subject areas.  
  • California’s Salmon Crisis - Hearing Before the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, March 10, 2009
    In March 2009, Holly Doremus, Faculty Co-Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law and Richard Frank, Lecturer in Residence, Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Berkeley Law testified before the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife.  The testimony addressed the current salmon and steelhead spawning declines (which had been found by the American Fisheries Society, in 1991, to include extinction of 106 Pacific salmon runs and 101 more at high risk) and assesses the future risks which global climate change might bring with ocean and river fluctuations.  It also offered proposed solutions to the problems of regulatory overlap, regulatory fragmentation, inertia, lack of necessary fiscal and staff resources, and political will within the conservation effort's regulatory system.  Testimony on California's Salmon Crisis.
  • Testimony Before California’s Little Hoover Commission on State Water Rights Law
    In the fall of 2009, CLEE Executive Director Richard Frank testified at the invitation of California’s Little Hoover Commission on the subjects of California’s water rights system and the State Water Resources Control Board’s effectiveness in administering that system.  He offered his perspective as to deficiencies in California’s current system, and suggested possible means of reforming water rights administration in the state.
  • CLEE Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Property Rights Case
    In October 2009, the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a major property rights case.  CLEE submitted the brief on behalf of the Coastal States Organization, in support of the State of Florida’s efforts to protect coastal beaches in the wake of natural disasters.  Florida homeowners challenged those efforts in court, claiming that the Florida program violates their private property rights under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The case remains pending before the Supreme Court. Amicus brief for the Coastal States Organization filed with the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Supporting the State of California’s Climate Change Initiatives in Federal Court
    The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment filed a friend-of-the-court brief filed November 24, 2008, in a major environmental case, on behalf of U.S. Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Speaker of the House Pelosi, and most of California's Congressional delegation. The brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, endorsed the State of California's legal challenge to the Bush Administration's refusal to allow California to implement important greenhouse gas emission controls needed to reduce global warming. The brief supported California's position that the Administration's action violates federal Clean Air Act.  (The case ultimately settled on terms favorable to the State of California in early 2009, following the change in federal administrations.) Amicus Curie Brief for State of California vs. U.S. EPA   


To access more policy tools from Berkeley Law, please see the Berkeley Law Library website.NEPA provides the basic federal process for illuminating the environmental costs and benefits of “proposals for legislation and other major Federal actions.” 42 U.S.C. 4332 (C). We have a simple suggestion, and one that we believe is in the interest of good and democratic government, but otherwise politically neutral: put the essential and already public documents of NEPA assessment on the web.NEPA provides the basic federal process for illuminating the environmental costs and benefits of “proposals for legislation and other major Federal actions.” 42 U.S.C. 4332 (C). We have a simple suggestion, and one that we believe is in the interest of good and democratic government, but otherwise politically neutral: put the essential and already public documents of NEPA assessment on the web.