Publications

Deskbook

The ENR Section updates the OSB’s Environmental and Natural Resources Deskbook. With over 40 chapters of detailed information, the Deskbook summarizes state and federal regulations, statutes, and caselaw applicable to environmental and natural resource issues in Oregon. It also contains many practice tips and links to relevant websites.

The ENR Deskbook is available online through the OSB’s member pages, and hard copies may be purchased through the OSB website.


Section Newsletters

  • E-Outlook – a short bulletin distributed approximately five times per year that typically contains an article on breaking judicial, statutory, and regulatory developments; and
  • Case Notes – a periodical summary of recent case law addressing natural resource and environmental issues.

E-Outlooks and Case Notes are sent directly to ENR members by electronic mail, and are additionally archived below.


2018 Newsletters

       A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

       A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

Lawson Fite of American Forest Resource Council examines debate over the extent of executive power to reduce national monuments.

Case Notes – May 2018
       A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

This issue provides a list of environmental, natural resources, and energy related bills from the 2018 Oregon Legislative Short Session.

Douglas MacDougal of Marten Law PLLC analyzes the U.S. Court of Federal Claims’ September 2017 decision regarding water rights in the Klamath River Basin. The case involved plaintiffs who owned water rights and brought takings claims in the wake of the Bureau of Reclamation’s shut‐off of water in the Klamath basin in 2001.

Case Notes – February 2018
       A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.


2017 Newsletters

E-Outlook – November 2017

Marina Cassio of Marten Law PLLC analyzes the current landscape of climate        change litigation by examining various legal theories and Juliana v. United States (a small group of young people and a climate scientist representing future generations sue the federal government for violating their asserted constitutional rights to a stable climate system).

       Case Notes – October 2017
       A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

E-Outlook – October 2017

Meline MacCurdy of Marten Law summarizes the Eastern District of Washington ruling in City of Spokane v. Monsanto Co. in which Monsanto alleged the City’s wastewater discharges give rise to liability under CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, and state tort-law theories (negligence, unjust enrichment, contribution, and equitable indemnity).

       E-Outlook – August 2017

A list of environmental, natural resources, and energy-related bills passed in the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.

Case Notes – July 2017
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

E-Outlook – May 2017

Rick Glick and Merissa Moeller of Davis Wright Tremaine provide an update on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
 
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
 
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.

2016 Newsletters                                                                                                                               
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
A list of environmental, natural resources, and energy-related bills passed in the 2016 Oregon Legislative Short Session.
Lucy Page Chesnutt of Schroeder Law Offices provides an overview of the BLM and USFS Records of Decision and land use plans related to sage grouse conservation and management.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
 

2015 Newsletters                                                                                                              
 
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
A list of environmental, natural resources, and energy-related bills passed in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
Michael Campbell of Stoel Rives LLP outlines and analyzes the new Waters of the United States Rule adopted by the EPA and Corps under the Clean Water Act.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
A list of environmental, natural resources, and energy-related bills in the 2015 Oregon Legislative Session.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
Brian Sheets of Schroeder Law Offices, PC summarizes the Oregon Court of Appeal’s decision in WaterWatch of Oregon, Inc. v. Water Resources Department and the decision’s implications on municipal water use permit extensions related to regulatory fish persistence requirements.
 

2014 Newsletters                                                                                                              
 
David Rabbino of Tonkon Torp LLP explains the Seventh Circuit’s holdings in NCR Corp. v. George A. Whiting Paper Co. et al. and U.S. v. P.H. Glatfelter and NCR Corp., and the nation-wide applicability of those decisions.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
Emily Rake of Kell, Alterman & Runstein LLP outlines the Ninth Circuit Decision in Arizona v. Raytheon, and discusses the decision’s implications on CERCLA consent decrees
Kate Moore of Dunn Carney Allen Higgins & Tongue LLP provides an update about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule to clarify the definition of “waters of the United States.”
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
 

2013  Newsletters                                                                                                             
 
Sarah Liljefelt of Schroeder Law Offices, P.C. analyzes WaterWatch of Oregon v. Water Resources Department.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners.
Seth Row of Parsons Farnell & Grein LLP analyzes Anderson Brothers, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, a Ninth Circuit decision adddressing what is a “suit” for purposes of triggering an insurer’s duty to defend.
Hong Huynh of Miller Nash analyzes a recent decision, PCS Nitrogen v. Ashley II,  interpreting the “bona fide prospective purchaser” defense under CERCLA.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
Max Miller of Tonkon Torp discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the “forest roads” Clean Water Act case that originated in Oregon.
Sarah Winter Whelan of the Americal Littoral Society and Lawson Fite of Markowitz, Herbold, Glade and Mehlhaf, discuss Oregon’s progress in designating marine reserves and marine protected areas and implementing pland and regulations protecting those areas.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
 

2012 Newsletters                                                                                                              
 
Dustin Till of Marten Law Group describes a recent case in which the D.C. Circuit has again struck down EPA’s cross-state air pollution rules.
Larry Burke of Davis Wright Tremaine and John Foxwell of Ash Creek Associates report on environmental due diligence in property transactions, including aspects that may not be addressed by an “All Appropriate Inquiry” analysis.
Cheyenne Chapman of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Land Quality Division provides background and updates on DEQ’s “Prospective Purchaser Agreement” program.
Laura Maffei of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, PC, reports on environmentally focused bills passed in Oregon’s 2012 legislative session
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
 

2011 Newsletters                                                                                                               
Jas Adams, current chair of the Environmental and Natural Resource Section, reports on the Oregon State Legislature’s recent effort to control aquatic invasive species through an administrative search model for mandatory boat inspection stations, so as to comport with the Oregon Constitution.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
Sarah Liljefelt of Schroeder Law Offices analyzes the Oregon Water Resources Department’s new permitting process for alternative reservoir water right permits, which was prompted by the January 2011 state court decision Deborah Noble and David Hillison v. Oregon Water Resources Department, Clackamas County Circuit Court, Case No. CV-10-01-0159 (General Judgment entered January 25, 2011)
Montana v. Wyoming, a water rights case addressing whether junior users can prevent senior users from increasing the efficiency of their irrigation techniques, thus decreasing return flows.
Douglas Timber Operators v. Salazar and Pacific River Council U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia (Civ. No. 09-174 (D.D.C.)) March 31, 2011addressing the Secretary of the Interior’s 2009 withdrawal of the resource management plans for several Bureau of Land Management forests in Western Oregon, known as the Western Oregon Plan Revision.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
City of Los Angeles v. San Pedro Boat Works, No. 08-56163 (March 14, 2011).
This issue analyzes the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in City of Los Angeles v. San Pedro Boat Works, addressing whether a holder of a possessory interest in real property can be held liable as an “owner” under CERCLA.
The Wilderness Society v. U.S. Forest Service, No. 09-35200, 2011 WL 117627, at *1 (9th Cir. Jan. 11, 2011) changes long-standing precedent that prohibited non federal defendents to intervene in NEPA cases.
 

2010 Newsletters                                                                                                              
 
ZRA Realty v. Beneficial Fire and Cas. Ins., 349 Or 117, 241 P3d 710 (2010) allowing for insurance coverage of contaminated-sediment cleanup under certain marine policies.
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
E-Outlook – August 2010 Issues 6 & 7
Both issues address the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in NEDC v. Brown.  In that case the Ninth Circuit determined that runoff from logging roads requires a Clean Water Act permit.
Issue 7 is a response to Issue 6.
Pete’s Mtn. Homeowners Assn. v. OR Water Resources Dept. The Court of Appeals defines a “party” as anyone affected by a decision
CERCLA liability for stormwater discharges from highways
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
Rio Grande Silvery Minnow v. Bureau of Reclamation (Minnow IV),
Tualatin Riverkeepers v. ODEQ
Klamath Irrigation District Decision summarized & analyzed by Laura Maffei of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
A summary of recent cases of interest to ENR practitioners
(of interest to the Env. & Natural Resources Section)
Bills of interest to the Env. & Natural Resources Section

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