Weekly News Roundup for October 13, 2017

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Researchers at Perdue University are developing ways to remove rare earth elements from coal ash. The technology would make it easier to build electronics, which often require the rare elements that would be removed from the coal ash.

Weekly News Roundup for March 10, 2017

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Airbnb, the popular rent-sharing company, recently raised $1 billion. Airbnb is now valued at $31 billion.

One of the pioneers of the rails-to-trails program passed away at the age of 69. David Burwell was the first president of […]

Weekly News Roundup for November 11, 2016

Here are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Coal is popular in Vietnam, but now the country is working on a solution to deal with the more than 15 million tons of coal ash produced every year.

A rails-to-trails program in New York remains on hold […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 14, 2016

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) wants to remediate schools across the country to rid them of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Last year more than half of the coal ash produced by power plants was recycled. In 2015, 61.1 million tons […]

Weekly News Roundup for October 9, 2015

These are some of the stories we’ve been following this week.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is turning excess or underutilized land into affordable housing for low-income district employees.

Property values in Detroit are on the rise, thanks to the city’s work to demolish blighted buildings that are near single-family […]

Weekly News Roundup for April 17, 2015

Here are some of the top stories we followed this week:

The federal government is working on a disaster plan in the event of an urban oil train wreck. As we’ve discussed before, oil trains are increasingly being utilized by energy companies, and a wreck could cause significant damage, especially […]

Railroad Denied Rent for Easements Under Rights-of-Way Obtained by Congressional Land Grant

On November 5, 2014, a California appellate court reversed a $100.9 million lower court ruling that allowed Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) to charge back rent to Santa Fe Pacific Pipelines, Inc. (Santa Fe), a Kinder Morgan Inc. subsidiary that has 1,850 miles of oil pipeline running beneath UP […]

Recent Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Rails-to-Trails Cases

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a rails-to-trails case, ruling in favor of the private property owners. The case of Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States hinged on whether the rights-of-way granted under the General Railroad Right-of-Way Act of 1875 were easements or something […]

An Overview of Rails-to-Trails Litigation, Part 2

Our previous post in this series provided an overview of the property rights litigation that has resulted from the federal Rails-to-Trails Program. This post delves a bit deeper into the problems and controversies.
While obtaining class certification seems to be becoming increasingly difficult in many legal areas and is very unusual for […]

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An Overview of Rails-to-Trails Litigation, Part 1

You may recall that we have written about the complexity of the real estate issues associated with rails-to-trails projects before. To review, in 1983 Congress amended the National Trails System Act to preserve rail corridors and encourage energy-efficient modes of transportation. Section 8(d), Interim use of railroad rights-of-way, allowed a railroad to transfer […]

By |September 16th, 2013|Categories: Blog, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In Other News: Florida Sets Aside $50 Million for Rails-to-Trails

Rails-to-trails Conservancy examines the Florida legislature’s decision to set aside $50 million for the creation of a 275-mile cross-state trail. The project, which would connect a number of existing rail-trails to form a continuous trail from St. Petersburg to Titusville, is subject to a possible veto from Governor Rick […]

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