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Tribute to a friend and leader

Posted on August 11, 2018
Lieutenant General Elvin R. Heiberg III Lt. Gen. Vald Heiberg was more than just a wonderful colleague here at Dawson. He was also one of the great leaders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his 35 years in the Army, Vald rose through the ranks to become Chief of Civil Works for the U.S...

Shape of water? Legal battles rage over WOTUS repeal while EPA moves to modify veto authority

Posted on August 5, 2018
Scott Pruitt The Trump Administration’s efforts to overturn the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule continue to face an uncertain landscape as the sides line up for a lengthy legal battle.  While the battle continues over the “shape of water” subject to federal control, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently started a process to address a risk faced by many permit applicants – that EPA could veto a Corps of Engineers 404 permit either before it is applied for or after it is issued...

EPA, Army take prompt action on wetlands mitigation & Clean Water Act

Posted on July 15, 2018
2013 St. Paul Harbor Dredging Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Army Assistant Secretary R.D. James took prompt and important action to address concerns regarding the lack of compensatory mitigation being required for Corps permits in Alaska. Former Administrator Pruitt and Secretary James signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 15, 2018...

Peering into the crystal ball on Corps of Engineers mitigation policy

Posted on June 20, 2018
Dillingham Harbor (AK) annual dredging operations. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ariel Wittneberg at E&E News had an interesting three-part series recently on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation requirements in Alaska. An excerpt: The Army Corps of Engineers is greenlighting development in thousands of acres of Alaskan wetlands without requiring companies to offset resource damage, according to an E&E News analysis of five years of Clean Water Act permits...

Understanding the Federal pipeline permit system

Posted on May 30, 2018
Alaska Pipeline CNN’s Matt Egan just posted on the U.S. shale oil industry, Why American oil can keep booming despite crazy swings. The article shows how U.S. oil companies are cleaning up their balance sheets and adopting a more disciplined approach to launching major projects to avoid financial troubles...


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