PLF to testify at congressional hearing on how ESA burdens development

March 27, 2017 | By JONATHAN WOOD

It is a busy week for PLF’s DC Center. Our Executive Director Todd Gaziano will be speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by Senator Lee (Utah) to announce the release of an American Enterprise Institute paper coauthored by Todd and PLF trustee Prof. John Yoo. RSVP here. Tomorrow, March 28th, I’ll be testifying on the … ...


Has the pit bull of environmental law been spayed?

December 18, 2015 | By JONATHAN WOOD

The Endangered Species Act has often been called the “pit bull of environmental law” because “it’s short, compact and has a hell of a set of teeth. Because of its teeth, the act can force people to make the kind of tough political decisions they wouldn’t normally make.” As we’ve regularly reported, it can i ...


Media coverage on yesterday's smelt decision

April 17, 2014 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

As noted yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Bureau of Reclamation must consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service when it chooses to renew various contracts for water from the Central Valley Project.  Media articles quote one water-user lawyer describing the decision as merely “procedural,” and another wat ...


Ominous development for California water users

October 11, 2012 | By DAMIEN SCHIFF

This July, the Ninth Circuit, in NRDC v. Salazar, upheld 2-1 Judge Oliver Wanger’s dismissal of an environmentalist challenge to the Bureau of Reclamation’s renewal of water contracts.  The environmentalists had argued that the Bureau violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the e ...