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September 10, 2013

The Supreme Court Revisits Chevron Deference to Agencies

This Environmental Law Institute seminar in Washington, DC (and via teleconference) will offer practitioners the most current information on the way courts view federal agencies’ decisions.

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"Pittsburgh-Area Shale Settlement 'Gag' Questioned"

"The non-disclosure agreement prohibiting Chris and Stephanie Hallowich from talking about the 2011 settlement of their high-profile Marcellus Shale damage case in Washington County, or saying anything about gas drilling and fracking, isn't unusual. It happens often in settling such cases. But the insistence that their two minor children, then ages 7 and 10, are also bound by the 'gag order' is."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 08/02/2013

EPA Staff Report Contradicts Agency's Agnosticism on Fracking

Here's more evidence of why documents should be leaked to reporters: a Powerpoint obtained by LA Times' Neela Banerjee shows EPA's Region 3 staff argued a year ago for continuing its investigation of fracking pollution around Dimock, PA — as EPA HQ announced it was ending its study of Dimock wells. Now there's an echo in Pavillion, WY.

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"Vulnerable Maryland Weighs Threat of Sea-Level Rise"

"It was scary enough that a team of experts on sea-level rise projected that Maryland’s coastal waters could rise to six feet in this century. But to hammer home the findings of a new report, they included a link to a Web tool that allows readers to make like a god, sliding a scale over pictures of state landmarks until a creeping tide washes them away."

Source: Wash Post, 07/22/2013

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