Matthew Manahan – Pierce Atwood LLP

One Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101, United States

American Eel and Atlantic Sturgeon: Will They Become LIsted Species?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided again to evaluate whether to list the American eel and is seeking public comment until November 28, 2011 as part of a new status review. It is not yet known when the National…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Maine DEP Seeks Comments on Amendments to Underground Storage Tank Rules

Maine DEP has begun the process of amending Chapter 691 of its rules to implement the statutory change and is seeking comments…more
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NOAA/NMFS Proposes Threatened Listing for Gulf of Maine Atlantic Sturgeon

On October 6, 2010 NMFS announced that it had determined that listing as threatened is warranted for the GOM DPS. Stakeholders will have until January 4, 2011 to submit comments on the listing. Four public hearings will be…more
| Environmental Law

First Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Maine Court's Lynx Decision Under the Endangered Species Act

On October 20, 2010, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued a decision upholding the refusal of Judge Woodcock of the U.S. District Court for Maine to require the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife…more
| Environmental Law
Friedman v. Board of Environmental Protection

Maine Law Court upholds agency discretion to refuse to modify water quality certification

Appellants contend that the Superior Court erred in holding that the Board of Environmental Protection has nonreviewable discretion to decline to act on appellants’ petitions to modify water quality certifications issued…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Water Quality Certification and Relicensing: Sharing Legal Strategies

Obtaining a state water quality certification, required under the Clean Water Act, can be a significant challenge in hydroelectric licensing proceedings. Project owners are employing -- with varying degrees of success --…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

FERC and Dam Decommissioning

Hydroelectric power is clean, renewable energy, yes the costs of obtaining new licenses from FERC have become prohibitive, particularly for small projects. Project owners are increasingly considering decommissioning their…more
| Administrative Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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