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On December 15, 2015, Daniel Brown was a co-presenter at the annual Dayton Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee seminar.  The topic was titled “Practical Approaches to Environmental Site Assessments.”  Daniel’s segment focused on regulation of lead based paint, asbestos and mold exposures.  Stephen Ellingson and Donald Fay of the environmental consulting firm TRC Solutions were the other co-presenters.  A copy of the presentation materials are available for downloading on Publications page of this website.

In September 2015, as legal counsel for the Grafton Hill Community Development Corporation (“GHCDC”), Daniel Brown filed for and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the Dayton Masonic Foundation from demolishing 2 historic homes in the Grafton Hill Historic District (“GHHD”).  As part of a negotiated settlement of that lawsuit, the GHCDC was able to relocate both homes to nearby vacant lots, thereby preserving the historic character of the GHHD.  Read WDTN news coverage here.

Daniel Brown gave a presentation titled “FRACKING – SAVIOR OR DISASTER” at the Oakwood Rotary Club meeting on January 30, 2015.

Daniel Brown gave a presentation titled “OIL & GAS LEASING ISSUES” at the Dayton Bar Association, Environmental Law Committee CLE Seminar on December 19, 2014.

On September 19, 2013, Dan joined with other tenants to purchase the historic Ludlow Place Building at the corner of 5th & Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton where Brown Law Office has been located since January 2007.

Environmental Law News

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park recognized for environmental efforts

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its sustainable practices and efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. The EPA’s Federal Green Challenge Regional Overall Achievement award recognizes federal agencies for reducing the federal government’s environmental impact in six areas: water, waste, energy, transportation, electronics, and purchasing.

Editorial Cartoon by David Hitch

Assistant Director of Physical Plant Clark University’s Physical Plant department seeks a professional to the fill the position of Assistant Director of Physical Plant. The Assistant Director of Physical Plant is responsible for the day to day operation as well as the long term planning and management of the Custodial Department, Grounds and Mail Room.

Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more

The future of same-sex marriage and Obamacare hang in the balance as the Supreme Court’s 2014 term draws rapidly to a close this month. But those aren’t the only big issues on the justices’ plate.

Columbus fights to keep drinking water safe

“It doesn’t matter if they are 18 months old, 3 years or 5 years. Our kids are not allowed to drink from the fountain,” Juliet Blackenberry, director of City Kids Daycare, said after nitrates hit caution levels in public drinking water in Franklin County last week.

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North Carolina Adds a New Square to the Patchwork Quilt of State-by-State Treatment of Hydraulic Fracturing

New York State garnered worldwide media attention on December 17, 2014, when Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced after six years of study that it was instating a complete ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing statewide. Despite the interest this action created, it was certainly not the first example of how states vary in their handling of… Continue Reading

Frack 2.0: Refracing Could Enable a Second Wave of Production Growth in the Bakken and Eagle Ford

Operators will likely refrac more oil and gas wells this year and further accelerate such activity in 2016. The reason is simple: substantial bang for CAPEX bucks. A recent study by engineers from SPE and Baker Hughes estimates that Bakken oil wells can be refraced for $1.8 million apiece – roughly ¼ of what it… Continue Reading

Oklahoma Follows Texas’ Lead in Prohibiting Local Hydraulic Fracturing Bans

In the wake of Texas’ recent “ban on banning hydraulic fracturing,” Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a similar law—SB 809—prohibiting municipal governments from regulating oil and gas drilling at the local level. The bill now heads to Governor Mary Fallin, who is expected to sign it into law. Oklahoma enacted SB 809 prohibiting local drilling regulations—one… Continue Reading

New Law in Texas Prohibits Local Municipalities from Banning Hydraulic Fracturing

On Monday, May 18, 2015, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott signed House Bill 40 into law, prohibiting cities, towns, and local municipalities in Texas from enacting bans on fracing. The new law provides that “oil and gas operations [are] subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of [the] state” and preempts the authority of other political subdivisions to… Continue Reading

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