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Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

Trade Me pushes for consumer law change
Stuff.co.nzMarch 1, 2012

Trade Me says it will continue to push for an amendment to a bill overhauling consumer law as it believes full and part-time traders should have to identify themselves as being professionals when selling goods online or at fairs, markets and car boot ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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In odd twist, Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

The idea behind the suits, filed in US District Court in Anchorage, is to beat environmental activists to court. Shell has already spent $4 billion on the project but has not yet started drilling. “This is a very unique legal approach.more »

Natural Resources
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South Fayette intends to fight state shale law
Pittsburgh Post GazetteMarch 1, 2012

By Andrea Iglar South Fayette's natural gas drilling regulations are under attack from both the Marcellus Shale industry and the state. The township already is involved in a lawsuit with driller Range Resources and now looks to challenge the new state ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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For Second Time, Ecuador Appellate Panel Rejects Chevron Attempt to Block $18 ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

The panel also found that human rights law obligated Ecuador's government to protect the rights of the country's citizens to pursue their legal claims without outside interference. Chevron had sought to have the trial in Ecuador, but stripped its ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Lawmakers Fight For More Openness in NJ Records [Poll]
Patch.comMarch 7, 2012

... getting facts on New Jersey's failed Race to the Top application for the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee during a hearing Monday on bills to clarify and strengthen the open meetings and records laws.more »

Pest Control Law
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Atlanta Pest Control Experts, Team Pest USA, Open New Office in Gainesville, GA
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 1, 2012

With more than 40 years of service and still growing, Team Pest USA has opened a new location in Gainesville, Georgia. ATLANTA, GA, March 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Atlanta pest control company Team Pest USA has opened a new location offering pest ...more »

Floodplain
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Plastic Bag Ban Lawsuit Filed Against City Of San Francisco
Huffington PostMarch 3, 2012

Last year, he sued the Southern California city of Manhattan Beach on the grounds that its plastic bag ban was not preceded by an environmental impact report. While that legal maneuver was ultimately unsuccessful, the state Supreme Court indicated in ...more »

BP Set to Gain as Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Lifts 'Dark Cloud'
BloombergMarch 4, 2012

BP still faces pollution fines and penalties under the Clean Water Act in a suit by the US Department of Justice. The agreement is “very positive,” said Fadel Gheit, an analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. in New York. It “could speed up a government ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Protesters to kick off 6-day march to Montgomery
Rome News TribuneMarch 4, 2012

John Lewis, left, Richard Cohen, center, Southern Poverty Law Center president, and Kenneth Mullinax during a ceremony to dedicate a marker for the Selma to Montgomery March on Saturday March 3, 2012, in front of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.more »

Public Utilities
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Jordan- Lower House clears ex-PM, ministers in phosphate company investigation
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkMarch 8, 2012

Article 117 of the Constitution reads: "Any concession granting a right for the exploitation of mines, minerals or public utilities shall be sanctioned by law." Responding to deputies who had asked the government to present a response regarding the ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Jakarta to Examine 118 Containers for Possible Toxic Waste in Tanjung Priok
Jakarta GlobeMarch 2, 2012

(Antara Photo) The Environment Ministry, the Customs Office and the police will examine the contents of another 118 containers said to contain scrap iron that may include some hazardous materials, the ministry said on Thursday.more »

Seqra Regulations
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TUPPER v. CITY OF SYRACUSE
Leagle.comMarch 26, 2012

Contrary to plaintiffs' contention, defendants adhered to the procedural requirements of SEQRA (see generally ECL article 8; Matter of Save the Pine Bush, Inc. v Common Council of City of Albany, 13 NY3d 297, 306-307). "[O]ur review is limited to ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Balancing act
Philippine StarMarch 6, 2012

Mining accounts for a large chunk of the GDP of countries such as Australia, Brazil, Chile and South Africa. These countries also feed the massive demand for minerals in rapidly industrializing countries such as China. Mining activities have not ...more »

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