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The attorneys in Duane Morris' Natural Resources Practice Group counsel clients concerning their rights and obligations under federal environmental statutes and regulations as well as similar state and local laws. We represent clients in enforcement proceedings and litigation and advise municipalities and policymakers on the legal issues of conservation, endangered species protection and resource management law.

In particular, the Natural Resources group has assisted clients with developing endangered species mitigation banks, obtaining permitting associated with wetlands protection, creating habitat conservation plans and related plans for endangered species and negotiating mining and timber leases.

Our Natural Resources attorneys work closely with our Environmental Law group on matters concerning pollution, RCRA, Superfund, FIFRA, toxic torts and other issues. Our attorneys, with the capabilities and reach of a global law firm, can assist clients with complex water and natural resources legal problems at the local, national and international levels.


 

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Possible Shift of Perspectives on Breadth of NEPA Review; CEQ's Draft Greenhouse Gas Guidance
Sheila Slocum Hollis,Dennis J. Hough, May 11, 2015
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),[1] and the corresponding NEPA regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)[2] and the respective reviewing agencies, federal agencies are required to consider the environmental impacts of proposed federal...

Electricity Policy Shifts Are Gaining Momentum in New York
Dennis J. Hough,Stephen L. Teichler, March 26, 2015
In what is likely to be a harbinger of changes to status quo retail electricity markets, services and grid planning, the New York State Public Service Commission (New York PSC) adopted a new policy framework that would significantly influence the development of the electricity industry for years to...

President Orders Federally Funded Construction Projects To Plan For Flood Risks From Climate Change
Jose A. Aquino, March 18, 2015
On January 30, 2015, President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring all federally funded construction projects to take into account flood risks linked to climate change.

California Enacts Comprehensive Groundwater Management Legislation
Jolie-Anne S. Ansley,Thomas M. Berliner,Colin L. Pearce, October 28, 2014
On September 16, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a historic package of three bills—Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319 and Assembly Bill 1739—instituting comprehensive groundwater management in California. The legislation represents perhaps the most significant...

California State Water Resources Control Board Issues Drought Regulations Restricting Certain Water Uses and Ordering Curtailments in Several Watersheds
, August 04, 2014
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, California is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. On January 17, 2014, and again on April 25, 2014, California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. issued proclamations regarding the State of Emergency related to the drought. The...

EPA Appears to Have Green Light to Develop Regulations on Utility Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Emissions
, July 09, 2014
Efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions just cleared a significant hurdle through a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which appears to give the agency a green light to move forward with its development of a regulatory regime concerning...

D.C. Circuit Ruling Has Potential Implications for Natural Gas Pipeline and LNG Projects Under FERC Environmental Review
, July 08, 2014
A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected certain portions of an environmental analysis conducted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or "Commission"). This turn of events is likely to cause anyone with, or planning to have,...