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AMR wins right to hire bankruptcy advisers
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says a federal judge approved its hiring of legal, business and financial advisers to help steer the company through reorganization under bankruptcy protection. Sean Collins, a spokesman for American parent AMR ...more »

Update: Court of Appeals agrees with CMU on political candidacy policy
Midland Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

By Lisa Satayut The Michigan Court of Appeals sided with Central Michigan University when ruling that the university's employee policy regarding political candidacy is not in violation of a state law regarding political activities by public employees.more »

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Alternative Energy
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ADA-ES Schedules 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Financial Results News ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

... changes in laws and regulations, government funding, prices, economic conditions and market demand; timing of regulations and any legal challenges to them; impact of competition; availability, cost of and demand for alternative energy sources and ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Cuomo and Corbett Ignore Health Concerns from Gas Fracking
DC BureauMarch 9, 2012

DCBureau reported in 2010 that nanotechnology is being used in a new generation of drilling fluids. Reports of drilling-related chemical spills that cover an acre or more fuel suspicion that drilling operations are triggering the outbreak of symptoms ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Chevron in Ecuador - Dirty business
emergingmarkets.orgMarch 19, 2012

A long-running legal battle over oil production in the Ecuadorian Amazon has become the emblematic case in the region concerning investment, environmental protection and the role of the state in enforcing contracts and rule of law.more »

Natural Resources
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University of Houston Law Center and University of Calgary Launch Joint ...
PR Newswire (press release)March 2, 2012

"Training the next generation of lawyers who are leaders in energy and natural resources law will help us in our quest for sustainable, rational, continental energy policy." The driving force behind the International Energy Lawyers Program is a shared ...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 »

Floodplain
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Indigenous Groups Launch Ground-Breaking Environmental Regime
Ecosystem MarketplaceMarch 9, 2012

That stewardship could soon be rewarded as the Brazilian state of Acre implements its System of Incentives for Environmental Services (Sistema de Incentivo a Serviços Ambientais, or “SISA”), an ambitious legal framework that Acre created two years ago ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Corn Demand Leads to Overuse of Pest Control Means
Laboratory EquipmentMarch 1, 2012

In many instances, pesticides are applied without scouting fields to see if they are needed, violating a bedrock principle of integrated pest management. The result is a biological diversity desert in many corn and soybean fields in the agricultural ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Seashore Accommodation
Huffington PostMarch 5, 2012

The law requires first and foremost that wildlife refuges retain their natural integrity for the future enjoyment of the American people. Commercial exploitation officially must take a back seat to the preservation of wildlife and its habitat.more »

Greenhouse Gas Pollution Rule Sitting in White House Office of Information and ...
CleanTechnicaMarch 7, 2012

While the NRDC and the Sierra Club push for cleaner air and a safer climate today with their creative new ad campaign, Think Progress notes that an important greenhouse gas pollution rule has been sitting in the White House's Office of Information and ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Household Hazardous Waste Program Set To Start
Patch.comMarch 6, 2012

The Counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia have again joined forces to collect household hazardous waste and electronics through 30+ collection sites in the five county region for 2012. In an effort to increase services, ...more »

Public Utilities
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A battle brews in Idaho over who will take the energy credit(s)
The Idaho StatesmanMarch 7, 2012

The credits provide revenue to help defray the costs of developing renewable energy. Markets have been set up in 29 states that have laws requiring utilities to generate a certain percentage of their power from renewable energy sources.more »

Minerals & Mining
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Listen to the women of Honduras
Ottawa CitizenMarch 4, 2012

Two speakers at the conference are from Honduras - the minister of the environment and natural resources, and the director of the mines ministry of Honduras - who will talk about "developing a new mining act for Honduras." Up until recently, this small ...more »

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