Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Columbia Riverkeeper v. United States Coast Guard (9th Cir. - Aug. 5, 2014)

I don't know if I've ever previously seen an appeal to the Ninth Circuit from "An Order of the United States Coast Guard."  But now I have.

Judge Ikuta's opinion tells you everything you need to know about how the Coast Guard relates to the regulatory review process involved with liquefied natural gas facilities.  Truth be told, there's probably an extra 26 pages in there that the vast majority of us will never need to know.  (The opinion contains 27 pages.)

But the parties care, some random other people care, and it's a federal appeal, so Judge Ikuta spells it all out for anyone interested.

At least now, when someone asks you what sorts of appeals the Ninth Circuit hears, you can say:  "Well, orders of the U.S. Coast Guard, of course."