Chesapeake Bay Pollution Diet Upheld

The Baltimore Sun reports this week that a federal appeals court upheld the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency’s authority to order pollution reductions by Maryland and other states that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. USEPA, acting after more than 25 years of little or no cleanup progress, had set a “total…

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Water Law: U.S. Supreme Court Reinvigorates Public Trust Doctrine, Clarifies Possession of Missouri River Bottomland

The 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of the Missouri River where it passes Great Falls,Montana, was once so swift, roiling, and precipitous that, in 1805, the Lewis and Clark expedition spent 11 days hauling equipment and boats on an overland portage to continue their transcontinental journey. Earlier this year, the same fast-flowing…

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Marcellus Shale Exploration Companies Will Have to Use Extra Caution around Streams and Wetlands

The Marcellus shale formation stretches through a wide swath of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, underlying large parts of the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia.  Energy extractors have been planning large-scale natural gas “fracturing” operations for the past decade.  State environmental regulators are attempting to understand…

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