The U.S. Department of the Interior dove into 2018 with a proposal to open roughly the entire U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (hereinafter “OCS”) for potential oil and gas lease sales. The proposal is in furtherance of the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (hereinafter “National OSC Program”). The National OCS Program currently preserves ninety-four percent of the total OCS acreage by prohibiting any oil and gas exploration, or development therein. However, the January proposal made by U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke, would open ninety-percent of the total OCS acreage for potential offshore drilling—almost a complete conversion from closed to exposed.
In this blog, editor Sabrina Castille writes about the breadth of coverage for insurance policy holders for incidents regarding pollution.
In this blog editor Charles English dives into the controversy surrounding Dicamba, a product by Monsanto. He explores the lingering effects of Dicamba on farmers and the concerns over a Monsanto produced Dicamba resistant seeds.
After three months to consider the USITC’s submission, President Trump elected to implement a tariff-quota on solar cell imports. Following the President’s announcement, stocks in U.S. based companies that could benefit as a result of the tariff imposition on solar equipment experienced an aggressive increase. Conversely, the loss of twenty-three thousand jobs and the delay or elimination of billion-dollar investments seems to be probable.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is changing its approach to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), opting to prioritize industries over the lives of migratory birds