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In The Legal’s Energy/Environmental Law supplement, read about EPA budget cuts, endangered species and project planning, and the scope of the ERA.

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Will Texas Ruling Impact Pa.’s Oil and Gas Jurisprudence?
Anyone associated with oil and gas development has probably had a conversation about what constitutes a trespass, and whether there is an improper taking associated with drilling activities. Read more

EPA Budget Cuts: Welcome Change or Cause for Concern?
The Trump administration’s proposed budget cut of approximately 25 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement budget ($129 million) is consistent with candidate Trump’s platform targeting the EPA for failing to appropriately favor crucial business interests against what he perceives as environmentalists hell-bent on the dismantlement of the U.S. industrial base. Read more

Threatened, Endangered Species Playing Role in Project Planning
Rusty patched bumble bees, part of a group of native pollinators with an economic value of $3 billion per year in the United States, are declining in number. Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis), according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species. Historically, the species inhabited 28 states throughout the eastern United States and the upper Midwest, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Read more

Developing Distressed Property: Desirability and Viability
Location, Location, Location. This remains one of the critical aspect of real estate development. The other is that “it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.” So, while the redevelopment of Brownfields makes people feel good, at the end of the day, a Brownfield site has to be in the right location for a redeveloper or buyer, and has to make economic sense. Read more

Energy-Dominance Agenda and Regulatory Challenges
On March 28, President Donald Trump signed the presidential executive order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. This executive order hopes to be the catalyst to “unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves. Read more

Pa. High Court Addresses Scope of the Environmental Rights Amendment
On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a significant and potentially far-reaching opinion in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF) v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1393, No. 10 MAP 2015 (June 20, 2017). Read more