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Oversupply Litigation Milestone: FERC Approves BPA Oversupply Management Protocol

At its monthly meeting last week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) approved the Bonneville Power Administration’s “Oversupply Management Protocol,” marking a major litigation milestone in Bonneville’s controversial efforts to address those periods when the combined output of federal dams and wind generation in the Pacific Northwest exceeds electric demand in the region and in areas where power can be exported.

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New Era of Hydropower Regulation? Corps of Engineers Agrees to Seek NPDES Permits for Hydro Equipment

On August 4, in response to a series of lawsuits brought by the environmental advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to regulatory measures aimed at preventing oil leaks from eight dams on the Columbia/Snake River system.

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Please Join Us for LSI’s Columbia River Treaty Conference

Please join us for Law Seminar International’s Columbia River Treaty Conference, which will be held here in Seattle on September 22 & 23, 2014. The conference is …

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Next Frontiers in Climate Litigation: Adaptation and Ocean Acidification

Recent legal developments in climate litigation and regulation suggest that the legal landscape related to climate change is continuing to evolve, with adaptation to climate change and …

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Please Join Us for “Clean Water and Stormwater” Conference

We’re pleased to announce that Eric Christensen will be speaking at Law Seminars International’s 14th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater. Eric will be participating …

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BPA Attempts to Split the Baby on Oversupply Management Costs

In its latest effort to put to rest the years-long controversy that has swirled around its efforts to address excessive electricity production during periods when high winds …

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Fish Hatcheries, the Federal Reclamation Act, and State Water Law: Ninth Circuit Rejects Lawsuit, Reaffirming Primacy of State Water Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today rejected a claim brought by environmental advocates who asserted that the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery has been …

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