Did PLF clients influence Trump executive order? Hopefully.

For years, Pacific Legal Foundation has been helping to protect individuals from the irrational and abusive expansion of the Clean Water Act (CWA). In far too many cases, the government has claimed violation of the CWA when individuals use their … Continue reading

Weekly litigation report — December 2, 2016

Right to say you are who you are We filed this complaint on behalf of Peggy Fontenot against the State of Oklahoma. The rub of Fontenot v. Pruitt is that Peggy Fontenot, who is a member of the Patawomeck Indian … Continue reading

CEQA: Special interest groups’ favorite toy

Union activists in San Francisco recently filed suit to block Google’s commuter buses from stopping at City bus stations– a privilege for which Google pays the City handsomely. Why might activists use an environmental regulation to block buses that eliminate … Continue reading

Government attempts power grab under guise of protecting environment

After receiving complaints about all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) driving through a shallow river, a Louisiana governmental agency decided to step in.  The agency’s solution: restricting a large amount of freedom and greatly expanding its own power. The agency is the Louisiana … Continue reading

National Agriculture Day

A friend once explained the importance of agriculture to me in a way I have never forgotten:  “Every last physical thing that you use in life, was originally either grown from the ground or dug out of it.”  Ponder that … Continue reading

The Use and Abuse of Property Rights

My new article, The Use and Abuse of Property Rights in Protecting the Environment, 1 Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference Journal 373 (2012), has just been published in the premier edition of William & Mary Law School’s Property Rights Project’s journal. … Continue reading

Seven stories; one moral

During the past week and a half, I have encountered seven separate instances of property owners stuck in seemingly intractable disputes with government agencies.  In each situation, someone is trying to use his or her property, but can’t because of … Continue reading

In a better world, enviro groups would appreciate the importance of chemicals and pesticides

Author: Brandon Middleton Chemicals allow us to enjoy a greater standard of living than any of our ancestors could have ever imagined.  They preserve food for billions of people and prevent harm from annoying and dangerous pests, among other things. … Continue reading

Environmental regulation: a threat to national security

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Today's Vancouver Sun has this article about a recent statement from a group of Republican lawmakers charging that environmental regulations, including those for the grizzly bear, are hampering Homeland Security's efforts effectively to patrol the Washington-British … Continue reading