Category Archives: ELP News & Events

EPI Hosts Mississippi River Basin Stakeholder Forum on Nutrient Pollution

The Environmental Policy Initiative and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center convened Mississippi River Basin government and conservation district stakeholders on August 31, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. The workshop examined how to encourage small-scale watershed planning to identify farm conservation projects to improve water quality.  EPI attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky […]

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Freeman on the Uncomfortable Convergence of Energy and Environmental Law

In her latest Harvard Environmental Law Review article, Archibald Cox Professor of Law Jody Freeman examines the relationship between energy and environmental law, two historically disparate fields, which some scholars suggest have been “converging” in recent years. Freeman offers a more tempered view, arguing that true “convergence” between energy and environmental law remains elusive. Using detailed examples from some of the most prominent […]

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Regulating Stability: Konschnik on Fracking, Earthquakes, and Compensation

Earthquakes increased in number and geographic distribution in the US between 2009 and 2015. In 2009, Oklahoma had 20 earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater. That number jumped to 585 in 2014—triple the rate of similarly sized earthquakes in California—and 907 in 2015. In many cases, the quakes appear to be “induced” by hydraulic fracturing […]

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Konopacky Hosts Briefing for Hill Staff on Clean Water and the Farm Bill

On July 11, Environmental Policy Initiative attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky traveled to Washington, DC to host briefings on and off Capitol Hill for Congressional staff and environmental and policy groups. 25 key agriculture staff from Democratic and Republic offices and several groups attended the events. Briefing participants were introduced to the new […]

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Konopacky Talks Clean Water: How Wisconsin Shows the Way Forward

Runoff carrying nutrients and sediment from urban and agricultural areas impairs water quality across the US. Managing this pollution can be very challenging, but attorney and Environmental Policy Initiative Fellow Jamie Konopacky suggests a better way forward using Wisconsin as a case study. In her new article “Battling the (Algae) Bloom: Watershed Policies and Plans in Wisconsin,” in […]

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Clinic Director Jacobs Discusses Living Lab Initiatives in Harvard Gazette

Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs was featured in an October 6, 2016 article in the Harvard Gazette on the University’s Living Lab Initiatives. Professor Jacobs will be leading the Climate Solutions Living Lab Course and Research Project, which is designed to bring together students from across the university in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative approaches for […]

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Freeman and Lazarus in The Guardian: the legal and political challenges ahead

In an article published on August 5, Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus argue that while the Clean Power Plan faces legal challenges, the political risks to the rule may be far greater. EPA’s rule, issued on August 3, sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air […]

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Professor Lazarus Shares Lessons from U.S. Environmental Law in Japan

At the University of Tokyo on July 9, Professor Richard Lazarus spoke before an audience of Japanese Supreme Court Justices, University of Tokyo law faculty and students, and the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Lazarus described the present state of U.S. environmental law, highlighting both its successes and its current challenges. “Just as […]

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Professor Lazarus Responds to BP Oil Spill Settlement Announcement

Professor Richard Lazarus, who served as the Executive Director of National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, responded to the settlement between the United States and BP announced on July 2. “The United States and BP announced “in principle” today a $18.7 billion settlement of BP’s remaining liability to the United States and the […]

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ELP Convenes Meeting on Natural Gas Leakage in Boston

On May 7, EPI Director Kate Konschnik and Clinical Instructor Aladdine Joroff, who co-chairs the Boston Bar Association’s air committee, convened a meeting at the Boston Bar Association on methane leakage from natural gas distribution. Kathryn McKain, a Harvard graduate student who participates in the EPI Oil and Gas Discussion Group, led by Kate Konschnik, […]

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