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Ninth Circuit Decision Stops “sue and settle” Tactic...

A recent settlement agreement between federal land management agencies and environmental litigators over how to protect a slew of species in northwestern forests was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court, which ruled that the settlement violated federal laws requiring public participation for major rule changes. The court’s ruling has received plaudits from the logging and ranching industries, which have strongly criticized environmental litigators’ practice of cutting deals with federal agencies by suing the agencies and then modifying agency rules in closed-door settlement agreements—a tactic commonly known as “sue and settle.” “That was a sweetheart deal between the environmental organization and the agency,” said Ann Forest Burns, vice president of the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC). “We’re hoping...

Ninth Circuit Decision Stops “sue and settle” Tactic
posted on: May 29, 2013 | author: admin

Accountability

(Reposted with permission of the author, David Leigh) In an ideal framework for commercial exchange, the relationship between employer, employee, customer, shareholder and stake holder should enable full accountability and measure its successes by the overall improvement of the living standards and living environments for all. But the present structure of the pyramid of control actively facilitates the accumulation of vast swathes of resource, both human and worldly that comes to reside in the hands of the most avaricious and duplicitous of individuals or institutions. Shareholders, whether knowingly or unwittingly become the parasites that feed from the human resource and the populace. They are rarely if ever held to account for the crimes that they sponsor and some...

Accountability
posted on: May 29, 2013 | author: admin

Contact Information for Politicians and Agencies...

Let your voice be heard by contacting your local, state and federal government officials and politicians. Here’s how: Your House Representatives Contacting the Congress Government Agencies Contacting the...

Contact Information for Politicians and Agencies
posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: admin

The EPA’s Secret Deals with Environmentalists...

According to EPAAbuse.com: The EPA is under investigation for a practice called Sue and Settle. Environmentalists in government and private organizations have found ways to create new regulations by fashioning lawsuits tailored to have courts institute policy...

The EPA’s Secret Deals with Environmentalists
posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: admin

Segregation of Lands-Renewable Energy

ACTION Final Rule. SUMMARY The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is amending its regulations to add provisions allowing the BLM to temporarily segregate from the operation of the public land laws, by publication of a Federal Register notice, public lands included in a pending wind or solar energy generation right-of-way (ROW) application, and public lands that the BLM identifies for potential future wind or solar energy generation right-of-way applications under applicable legal requirements. The purpose of such segregation is to promote the orderly administration of the public lands. Lands segregated under this rule will not be subject to appropriation under the public land laws, including location under the Mining Law of 1872 (Mining Law), for up to two years from...

Segregation of Lands-Renewable Energy
posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: admin

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