Paul B. Smyth

Paul B. Smyth

Perkins Coie

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Final Endangered Species Act Policy Revises Definition of “Significant Portion of Its Range”

On July 1, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service jointly published a final policy providing their interpretation of the phrase ‘‘significant portion of its range,’’ which is part...more

7/3/2014 - ESA Final Rules Fish and Wildlife Service National Marine Fisheries Service Statutory Interpretation

Proposed Endangered Species Act Regulations Would Change Critical Habitat Rules

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service jointly published two proposed regulations and a draft policy concerning critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species...more

5/14/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service

EPA And Corps Of Engineers Release Proposed Rule On Scope Of Waters Covered Under Clean Water Act That Would Significantly Expand...

On April 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly published a proposed rule to define those waters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act as “waters of the United...more

4/22/2014 - Clean Water Act EPA Jurisdiction US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

Federal Court Upholds First Offshore Oil And Gas Lease Sales After Gulf Oil Spill

On March 31, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion upholding the approval, by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, of the first oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico...more

4/10/2014 - BOEM NEPA Oil & Gas

The EPA And The Corps Of Engineers Release Proposed Rule On The Scope Of Waters Covered Under The Clean Water Act

On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers jointly released a proposed rule to define those waters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act as “waters of the United...more

3/31/2014 - Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA US Army Corps of Engineers

EPA Moves To Expand Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

The prolonged controversy over the Clean Water Act’s reach may be coming to a dramatic head. On September 17, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of a draft scientific report finding that all of...more

9/25/2013 - Clean Water Act Environmental Policies EPA Water Wetlands

Bureau Of Safety And Environmental Enforcement Announces New Rule For Safety And Environmental Management Systems

In an effort to reduce the occurrence of accidents, injuries and spills during oil and gas activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) of the U.S. Department of...more

4/10/2013 - Bureau of Safety and Envirnonmental Enforcement Environmental Management Systems Oil & Gas

BSEE Issues Draft Policy Statement Implementing Safety Culture For Regulated Activities On The OCS

On December 19, 2012, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) issued a draft Policy Statement that is intended to ensure a positive safety culture in those entities, including previously unregulated service...more

12/28/2012 - Bureau of Safety and Envirnonmental Enforcement Outer Continental Shelf

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