While Fish and Wildlife scoffs at the law, otters scarf urchins

“Shall implement.” To most of us, this is perfectly straightforward, mandatory language. But to overreaching bureaucrats at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, “shall implement” is merely a suggestion that the Service can follow at its leisure. In a … Continue reading

Not everything should be a crime

Over at The Daily Caller, I have an editorial discussing how the federal government’s hypocritical decision against prosecuting the EPA officials responsible for the Animas River spill highlights the urgent need to address overcriminalization. The decision, made by prosecutors who … Continue reading

This day 25 years ago . . .

Twenty-five years ago today, Pacific Legal Foundation submitted testimony to the House of Representatives on proposed revisions to the Army Corps of Engineers’ notorious “1989 Wetlands Delineation Manual.” At that time, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources was holding hearings on … Continue reading

The best way to protect the environment isn’t always obvious

Our friend Brian Seasholes of the Reason Foundation has an article on DailyCaller.com on one of the oft overlooked environmental benefits of fracking: preserving open space as habitat for wildlife. He ends the article with a point that applies far … Continue reading

Update on Clean Power Plan oral argument

The full D.C. Circuit is halfway through what is turning into a marathon argument on the legality of EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”–which has also been characterized as the Costly Power Plan. For those that aren’t familiar, the plan was adopted … Continue reading

Should unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats have free rein to regulate whatever they please?

PLF argues “no,” in an amicus brief supporting four states, industry groups, and an Indian tribe in their challenge to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) unlawful fracking regulation. It purports to regulate all fracking on federal lands based on … Continue reading

New Congressional report on the excesses of EPA and the Army Corps

This morning, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works issued From Preventing Pollution of Navigable and Interstate Waters to Regulating Farm Fields, Puddles and Dry Land:  A Senate Report on the Expansion of Jurisdiction Claimed by the Army Corps … Continue reading

PLF and Washington Cattlemen’s Association call for repeal of illegal, counterproductive ESA regulation

This week, PLF submitted a petition, on behalf of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to repeal a regulation that illegally forbids the “take” of all species listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. … Continue reading

Briefing complete in sea otter petition case

This week, we filed our reply brief in PLF’s challenge to the Service’s denial of a petition asking it to follow the law and implement protections for Southern California’s fishery. As regular readers know, in the 1980s, Congress passed a … Continue reading

Ninth Circuit strikes a blow for judicial review of administrative agencies

This morning, the Ninth Circuit held that federal agencies cannot escape judicial scrutiny for illegal actions simply because they have violated the law before. In PLF’s sea otter case, we represent fishermen in a challenge to the U.S. Fish and … Continue reading