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May 2, 2013

Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities in Global Shark Conservation

Experts will discuss the implications of the March 2013 CITES decision, the current status of domestic and international shark protection efforts, and potential approaches to ensuring a long-term future for sharks. Hosted by the Environmental Law Institute, the event is free and open to the public to attend in person or by teleconference. RSVP by Apr 30.

CREW Wins Big for All FOIA Requesters

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, saying that agencies had 20 days to respond to FOIA requests, stating "what documents would or wouldn’t be handed over and why," according to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

Court Lifts Settlement Secrecy in Pennsylvania Fracking Case

The unsealed documents revealed that the potential plaintiffs had received $750,000 from frackers Range Resources, which has been accused of high-handed tactics. The case is important in several respects — even beyond the broader controversy over sealing of civil settlements.

Pa. Judge Orders Marcellus Shale Fracking Settlement Records Unsealed

"A Washington County judge [Wednesday] morning ordered unsealed a court-approved settlement between Marcellus Shale development companies and a family that claimed the drilling operations damaged their health."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03/22/2013

"New Center To Set Stringent Standards for Fracking in East"

"WASHINGTON — A coalition of energy companies, environmentalists and Pennsylvania-based philanthropies announced Wednesday the creation of a center that would provide more stringent standards for fracking and natural gas development in the Eastern United States."

Source: McClatchy-Tribune, 03/21/2013

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