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Could changes in Washington affect Section 404 permitting?

Getting Section 404 permit approval from US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is a process that can take up to 3 years. A process that requires federal and state interagency coordination to review hundreds of pages of permit applications that are opened for public comment, all while running on lousy coffee. Now, imagine the process with 20 percent less staff.

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Section 404 and You Commonly Asked Questions

I have a bit of an odd job description.  I am a consultant in the mitigation banking industry.  I represent sponsors, permittees, and landowners, and I not only oversee mitigation banks cradle to grave, but also engage in permittee responsible mitigation (PRM) as well.

All this is to say, my cousins are thoroughly glassy-eyed and confused when I tell them what I do for a living at Christmas.  The reality is most of the public at large is uninformed about the Clean Water Act, what it does, and what it doesn’t do.  We hear politicians and lobbyists talk about how we have to repeal it, reinforce it, or redefine it, and yet Vegas odds are they don’t really understand what it is they are proposing to do.

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The Case for the Free Market in Mitigation Banking

HUC Boundaries and the Watershed Approach: The Wrong Tool for the Job

As scientists, we’re always on the lookout for universal theories, model applicability, and patterns in nature. Regulators are called upon to develop methodologies that are rapid, repeatable, and accessible. Permittees are looking for consistency in regulatory requirements so we can assess project feasibility.

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Top 3 National and International Impacts of Our Low Oil Prices

For many professionals in the oil and gas industry, we could easily list the impacts the industry has on our lives. For example, the boost in jobs. In 2013, over $200 billion was spent by the industry, which brought with it jobs and wealth. When the price per barrel drops 70 percent in two years, local impacts are top-of-mind. But historically, lower energy prices are seen as beneficial to the economy as a whole. However, this time may prove to be, unfortunately, very different.

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