Natural Resource

Administrative Law is Heating up, Thanks to Climate Change: Trump’s Replacement of the Clean Power Plan

Administrative Law is Heating up, Thanks to Climate Change: Trump’s Replacement of the Clean Power Plan

The Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy Rule (“ACE”) improves the efficiency of power plants, but what does this mean for the environment and climate change? In this post, staffer Joy Kleisinger explores the administrative challenges to saving the environment while enforcing Trump’s ACE rule.

Black Lung = Disability and Death, So Why are Legislators Making this Issue so Complicated?

Black Lung = Disability and Death, So Why are Legislators Making this Issue so Complicated?

In this editorial piece, author Neil Kearns discusses a recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that highlights the precarious position miners and their estates find themselves in when seeking compensation under the amendments to the Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA). Kearns questions Congress’ inaction and stresses the importance of legislators taking steps to improve the lives of those living in coal country.

Collective Bargaining Agreements and Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act: What Unionized Employees Should Know

Collective Bargaining Agreements and Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act: What Unionized Employees Should Know

The utility industry led the private sector in union membership in 2018, with a relatively high unionization rate of 20.1 percent. In this post, staff editor Zachary Atwell discusses the importance of § 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) to employees and employers, and how the act affects labor disputes involving collective bargaining agreements.

Fair Treatment: Regulating Forced Pooling in the Modern Age of Resource Excavation

Fair Treatment: Regulating Forced Pooling in the Modern Age of Resource Excavation

In this blog post, 3L Ian Young writes on the challenges landowners face when it comes to regulated forced pooling. Young details how states, such as Colorado, are facing backlash after passing pooling statutes that could be considered unconstitutional.