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Fracking and Drinking Water: Konschnik Speaks at NGA’s Water Policy Institute

ELP Executive Director Kate Konschnik spoke at the National Governors Association’s Water Policy Institute in Annapolis on August 8, about protecting drinking water while developing shale energy. The National Governors Association hosted the two-day conference to inform state advisers about new research and best practices in water management, covering topics such as infrastructure, conservation, financing, […]

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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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Professor Lazarus Notches Supreme Court Victory for Land Use Regulation

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin and St. Croix County land use regulations written to protect a Wild and Scenic River. Professor Richard Lazarus argued the case on behalf of the regulators before the Supreme Court in March.Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, finding that the state and local regulations preventing separate […]

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Policy Initiative Releases Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Public Utility Commissions

The Policy Initiative released a report on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at public utility commissions (PUCs). ADR processes and practices offer informal means for settling conflicts, sharing information, and reaching consensus on public policy. The report discusses considerations for using ADR at Commissions and highlights how regulators across the country incorporate ADR […]

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Lazarus Argues Before Supreme Court

Monday, March 20 was a busy day in Washington, DC, including at the Supreme Court. Professor Richard Lazarus argued before the Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin. The case addresses an important regulatory takings issue stemming from the 1978 case Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City. The Court is considering how to define […]

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Konopacky Presents Watershed Management Findings at Symposium

EPI fellow Jamie Konopacky attended and presented at the 9th annual watershed management symposium focused on urban and agricultural collaborations in Dubuque Iowa on February 9. Jamie discussed topics covered in her forthcoming publications. The first part of her talk focused on developing a healthy watershed policy matrix through amendments to and integration of Clean […]

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Konschnik’s Study Finds High Level of Hydraulic Fracking Well Spills

A new study co-authored by Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative Director Kate Konschnik in the journal Environmental Science & Technology used state-level data to assess the scope and frequency of spills at hydraulic fracturing wells. The research also uncovers the inconsistent state reporting schemes for well spills, which Konschnik calls “scattershot.” Using data from four states, […]

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ELP Hosts Environmental Law Boot Camp on Capitol Hill

In the early days of the 115th Congress, many proposals are being floated to disapprove of recently promulgated federal agency environmental regulations and amend environmental statutes. On January 25, Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Program provided an environmental law “boot camp” to Capitol Hill staffers to provide an overview of major environmental statutes, recent agency […]

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