Lloyd Gosselink News

The Untimely SEP Death in Federal Enforcement Cases

By Nathan Vassar The use of Supplemental Environmental Projects (“SEPs”) in the enforcement context has been a widely accepted practice for many years for defendants wishing to fund projects in… Read More

Telecom and Cable TV Entities Poised to Take Advantage of SB 1152

By Georgia N. Crump While cities are still coming to terms with Senate Bill (“SB”) 1004 from the 85th Texas Legislative Session, drastically reducing the right-of-way rental… Read More

“Ask Sheila” Column

Dear Sheila, We have an employee who is medically certified to take intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for severe shoulder pain when he has a “flare-up.” His job requires repetitive shoulder movements with his arms… Read More

Municipal Corner

Maintaining two governmental positions often requires an analysis of the constitutional dual-office prohibition, along with the common-law doctrines of self-appointment incompatibility, self-employment incompatibility, and conflicting-loyalties incompatibility. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. KP-0265 (2019). The City of Ranger (the… Read More

In the Courts

Water Cases Dyer v. TCEQ, 2019 WL 2206177 (5/22/2019). The Texas Court of Appeals in Austin affirmed the dismissal of a challenge to TexCom Gulf Disposal, LLC’s approved permit for construction and operation of underground injection control… Read More

Agency Highlights

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) EPA and the Department of the Army Repeal the 2015 “Waters of the United States” Rule On September 12, 2019, the EPA and the Department of the Army (collectively, the… Read More

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

October 25 Maris Chambers will be presenting “It’s Over, Now What? Water-Related Outcomes and Impacts of the 86th Texas Legislature” at the North Central Texas Chapter of Texas AWWA’s 18th Annual Robert F. Pence Drinking Water Seminar… Read More

Please Welcome Our New Associate

We are pleased to announce that J. Reid Barnes has joined the Lloyd Gosselink team! J. Reid Barnes Associate512-322-5811rbarnes@lglawfirm.com Reid has joined the Firm’s Energy and Utility, Water, and Districts Practice Groups. He assists clients with… Read More

City Shuts Down Site Threatening its Water Reservoir

City of Cleburne Reaches Settlement to Abate Violations of TCEQ Registration When TCEQ issued a domestic-septage registration to Harrington Environmental LLC—a company with a history of violating TCEQ regulations—allowing it to dispose of septage on land just upstream from its… Read More

CLIENT ALERT: DOL Final Rule: Overtime Exemptions and Salary Thresholds Update

Yesterday the Department of Labor announced a final rule updating the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allowing employers to count a portion of certain bonuses… Read More

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