Have you ever noticed when driving or walking past a multiple box culvert under a road how one culvert opening is clear or empty and the others are partially or completely full of dirt? If the culvert is designed to convey water, then where does all that dirt come from? If you are like [...]
Hello loyal readers of the Ecological Resource News! This month’s addition comes a bit early as we have a new set of regulatory guidelines regarding mitigation banking in Texas, and we wanted to provide our readers the opportunity to read, discuss, and possibly submit comments. Check out the guidelines for comments, and click below to read my column.
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.
Despite hearing politicians and lobbyists talk about how we have to repeal it, reinforce it, or redefine it, the reality is that most of the public is uninformed about the Clean Water Act. This article will answer some of the more commonly-asked questions.
The mitigation market as it exists today has its good qualities, but there are some drawbacks too. I’d like to propose some ideas and open a dialog about ways we can try to improve our industry. In many places in the U.S., the mitigation market suffers from a small seller/small buyer problem, usually [...]
Working with cultural and historic sites can be a sensitive proposition. In a recent example, the federal government requested a temporary cessation of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that runs through the reservation of an American Indian tribe, the Standing Rock Sioux. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has drawn thousands to join their [...]
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. All of these are understandable and worthy goals, but oftentimes their [...]
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 [...]
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened, and the ecosystems on which they depend. Compliance with the ESA can represent a significant regulatory challenge for many projects, so keeping up-do-date with changes in the ESA program can help achieve a successful project. The [...]
On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) pending judicial review. Were you familiar with the CPP before the news broke? Learn about the basics of the plan and what we can expect in the future. What is the Clean Power Plan? The CPP is a [...]