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Mealey’s Litigation Report - Florida Beach Owners Seek Protective Barriers from Oil Spill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida resident and a homeowners association on May 4 filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court against BP PLC and related companies to prevent or mitigate damage to property following the April 20 explosion and fire that destroyed an oil rig in the Gulf of...

With marine reserves, it may be location, location, location that is key to effectiveness

Prior posts have noted that marine reserves can play a key role in helping areas and species to recover from the destruction of over-fishing and abuse of habitat. A new study emphasizes the importance of appropriate placement of marine reserves in order to achieve the maximum benefit. Many new reserves...

EPA Spanish Web Site to inform Spanish-speaking public about health, environmental impacts of Oil Spill

WASHINGTON – As part of the ongoing federal response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, EPA has launched a Spanish language Web site to inform the Spanish-speaking public about the spill’s impact on the environment and the health of nearby residents. The Web site – http://www...

The key to the recovery of sturgeon stocks appears to be preservation of older female fish

Prior posts have noted the various strategies for assuring the recovery of depleted fish stocks, particularly the creation of no-fish zones. A recent study has found that in terms of restoring caviar-producing sturgeon the key is saving grown females, not supplementing the population with hatchery fish...

Bryant Gardner Examines Legislative Developments as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

“The tragic loss of the DEEPWATER HORIZON on April 20, 2010 and still mounting environmental damages from the leaking "Macondo" well at Mississippi Canyon Block 252 have produced a robust, if not always like-minded reaction, in Washington,” writes Bryant Gardner. “As in the...

Creating protected zones helps the recovery of even migratory fish species

As noted in prior posts, the creation of protected zones in which fishing is prohibited has been shown to be an effective method for assisting the recovery of fish that do not migrate over great areas. For example, protected zones in the region of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia have seen fish populations...

Even toxics can act as a generic selection factor in the environment

One of the themes of this blog has been that virtually anything present in the environment can act as a selection factor influencing the course of evolution. A recent study on fish and PCB's and dioxins illustrates this point. Unfortunately for humans, the end result is not necessarily positive or...

Use of Endangered Species Act to prevent mining operation requires input early in the NOI review process

The Endangered Species Act ("ESA") is becoming a popular tool used by public interest groups to stop projects that they view as adverse to environmental quality. However, a recent attempt to use the ESA against a mining project failed when the procedural posture was deemed an inaction for purposes...

$7.8B Settlement Reached By BP and Plaintiffs in Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Claims

Lexis.com subscribers may click here to access Related Court Documents, Including Briefs, Pleadings and Motions for the Gulf Oil Spill Litigation . NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) BP PLC and plaintiffs in the federal multidistrict litigation court in Louisiana for claims arising from the explosion...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: ICJ Hearings on Environmental Whaling Case

The most recent environmental case to be heard by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan; New Zealand intervening), Australia is challenging Japan’s whale hunting practices as an unlawful violation of the International Whaling Commission ban on...

Environmental Risks – The Spanish Islands Threatened by Oil Prospectors

By Teresa Parejo Navajas Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III de Madrid University, Spain) Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The Balearic and Canary Islands – in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, respectively – are suffering from prospectors searching...

Japan’s Whaling Program Ruled Unscientific, Must Stop At Last

By Meredith James In May 2010, Australia launched legal proceedings against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that: “Japan’s continued pursuit of a large-scale program of whaling under the Second Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit...