Rhode Island Real Estate and Environmental Attorney John Boehnert Honored with Award for Article on Coastal Zone Management

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Rhode Island Attorney John Boehnert Receives Bar Association Award for Environmental Permitting Article

The Rhode Island Bar Association honored Rhode Island real estate and environmental lawyer John M. Boehnert with the Rhode Island Bar Journal Lauren E. Jones Writing Award for his article “Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Program and the Coastal Zone Management Act’s Federal Consistency Program”.

The award, presented at the annual meeting of the Rhode Island Bar Association, recognizes authors of published Bar Journal articles on the basis of effectiveness of presentation, legal significance, and accuracy and depth of research and information provided. Only one award is given each year.

Mr. Boehnert, whose legal practice in Rhode Island includes coastal permitting, waterfront property rights, and coastal zone management issues, addressed complex issues of federal and state’s rights under the Coastal Zone Management Act’s federal consistency program in his article, published in the September/October 2011 issue of the Rhode Island Bar Journal.

The federal consistency program gives States the ability to challenge, and actually veto, federal permits sought by other states or private parties to engage in activities, even in federal waters, which may adversely impact a challenging state’s coastal zone management program.

For example, exercising its rights under the federal consistency program, a state could prevent an oil and gas company from receiving federal permits for drilling or exploration activity if it would be inconsistent with the enforceable policies of a state’s coastal resources management program.

Mr. Boehnert represented Weavers Cove Energy LLC, which proposed to develop a large liquefied natural gas facility in Fall River, Massachusetts, in its federal consistency filing before the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council related to proposed dredging activities in Rhode Island waters.

Mr. Boehnert’s practice also includes all aspects of real estate, including real estate development, commercial leasing, real estate construction and financing, purchase and sale transactions, and environmental issues pertaining to real estate, such as Brownfield development.

Mr. Boehnert is currently writing a book on zoning the oceans, the very recent efforts of states, supported by the federal government, to regulate offshore waters much the same as governments now regulate land. Rhode Island was the first state in the country to have an ocean zoning plan approved by the federal government as part of its coastal zone management program.

Mr. Boehnert represents energy companies, developers, property owners, investors, owners of waterfront property, and government entities in Rhode Island real estate and environmental issues.

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