2016 NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES CONFERENCE

Please join Plauché & Carr LLP partner Billy Plauché at the Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES. Presented by Law Seminars International, this year’s conference is focused on evolving strategic, tactical and substantive issues and will be held March 10th and 11th, at the Arnold & Porter LLP Conference Center in Washington, DC. Partner, Billy Plauché  will be presenting with others on the topic of: The Deepwater Horizon Case: Lessons Learned for the Future of NRD. The other presenters for this topic include William D. Brighton, Assistant Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice and Mimi A. Drew, Florida NRDA Trustee and RESTORE Council Representative, with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

For additional details and a full agenda please visit Law Seminars International. This year there is also a “day before” mini seminar on Natural Resource Damages 101, for those who need more information on how the NRD pieces fit together.

 

 

15th Annual Seminar on Wetlands in Washington

Partner, Amanda Carr will be speaking at the 15th Annual Seminar on Wetlands in Washington, held in Seattle on October 19, 2015. Local, state, and federal regulation of wetlands remains dynamic as regulators respond to legislative, executive, and judicial guidance and implement new rules. This seminar focuses on new issues impacting wetlands and their effect on local government, business interests, property owners, developers, and the environment.

Amanda will be presenting “National Case Law Update: The What Else (Other Than Waters of the United States). She will be discussing developments at the federal and state levels. Additional topics will include recent developments in federal wetlands regulation; compare and contrast the use of wetland mitigation banks, in-lieu fee programs and permittee-sponsored mitigation; consider the interplay of wetlands regulation and new Hydraulic Project Approval rules by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife; explore recent listings of new threatened species and the impact in wetland permitting; and address ethical issues in environmental litigation before government agencies.

For more information, agenda, and registration information, please visit: Law Seminars International, Wetlands in Washington.

Annual Shellfish Growers Conference and Tradeshow

Partner, Amanda Carr was a speaker at the 69th Annual Shellfish Growers Conference and Tradeshow, held in Hood River, OR from September 22 – 24th, 2015. She was one of 10 speakers who presented as part of the moderated panel on Shellfish & Seagrass: Functions, Values & Interactions.  Speakers were present from the WA Department of Natural Resources, NOAA Fisheries, and University of Washington, among others.  Amanda presented on “Regulatory Framework: Federal, State, and Local Permitting”

A full agenda can be viewed here.

Rally 2015: The National Land Conservation Conference

Partner Peter Dykstra will be presenting in two workshops at Rally 2015: The National Land Conservation Conference.

The first, Water Issues in Western Land Conservation, is an afternoon half-day seminar on October 8. This seminar will highlight good practices when including water rights in conservation easements. Participants will develop an understanding of the legal and practical water issues that should be considered in a conservation easement through participatory problem solving, and will take home some comprehensive tools to use for good practices, including checklists and model conservation easement deed language.

The second, Grabbing the Tiger by the Tail: Land Trust Collaboration for Large Landscape Conservation Success, is a seminar being held on October 9. Peter will be sharing experience from his involvement in the Teanaway Community Forest conservation project, as well as the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan implementation process.

For more information, view the brochure here, or the website here.

PLAUCHÉ & CARR SELECTED AS 2016 BEST LAWYERS

Amanda Carr has once again been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of Environmental Law.

Billy Plauché has once again been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2016 Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. In addition, this year he has also been selected as a 2016 Best Lawyer in the practice area of Land Use and Zoning Law.

 

Jessica Anderson elected to Chair KCBA’s Environmental and Land Use Law Section

Jessica Anderson, Associate at Plauché & Carr LLP, was elected to serve as Chair for the King County Bar Association’s (KCBA’s) Environmental and Land Use Law Section (“ELUL” or “Section”) for the 2015-2016 term.  Jessica has worked with the ELUL for the past four years, first as the Section’s CLE Chair, and last year as Vice Chair.  As Chair, she will continue to provide high-quality CLEs and networking opportunities, perform outreach to Section members, and work with the Board to develop the Section’s scholarship program.

Largest Environmental Settlement in U.S. History reached with BP for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

On July 2, 2015, the federal government, and the States of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas announced an Agreement in Principle with BP Exploration & Production Inc. for the harm caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The landmark settlement of $18.7 billion will settle all claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the largest marine spill in U.S. history. The settlement is considered the largest ever environmental settlement in U.S. history.

The Deepwater Horizon disaster was caused by an explosion that killed 11 workers and spilled approximately 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Damages to coastal shorelines, marine life, beaches, wetlands and estuaries were devastating. Restoration of the Gulf’s natural resources is far from complete, and this settlement provides opportunity for implementation of projects that will provide essential and sustainable restoration of Gulf coast natural resources and habitat. The agreement will fund over $8 billion for natural resource damages and $5.5 billion for Clean Water Act civil penalties distributed through the RESTORE Act, in addition to over $5.9 billion for economic losses.  The State of Louisiana will receive over $6.7 billion in these settlement funds.

Plauché & Carr LLP has been involved in supporting Louisiana’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration efforts since 2010, representing the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority with the natural resource damages assessment and evaluation of restoration options.  Partner Billy Plauché  has served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Deepwater Horizon NRDA Trustee Council since August of 2014.

“It has been an honor to work with Louisiana’s natural resource trustees to obtain this historic recovery,” Plauché said. “These dedicated men and women have worked tirelessly for the past five years to ensure that the state’s precious natural resources are fully restored, and it is incredibly satisfying to see those efforts succeed.”

Plauché & Carr LLP will continue our work with CPRA and the Trustee Council as the settlement process continues toward finalization of the consent decree which will outline specific information about funds distribution for targeted recovery and restoration efforts.

 

The National Land Conservation Conference

Partner Peter Dykstra has been invited to present a half-day seminar on water issues in western land conservation at The National Land Conservation Conference in Sacramento, CA on October 8, 2015.  This seminar will highlight good practices when including water rights in conservation easements. Participants will develop an understanding of the legal and practical water issues that should be considered in a conservation easement through participatory problem solving, and will take home some comprehensive tools to use for good practices, including checklists and model conservation easement deed language. For more information, view the brochure here, or the website here.

Conference on Water Law in Washington

Partner, Peter Dykstra will be speaking at the 24th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Water Law in Washington on July 27 and 28, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Peter will be presenting on “Streamflows in the Columbia River.” He will provide an update on the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and fisheries management issues, a status report on renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, and impacts on the use of the river for irrigation, domestic consumption, and other uses.

For more information, agenda, and registration information, please visit: Law Seminars International, Water Law in Washington.

Robert M. Smith Promoted to Partner

Robert M. Smith promoted to Partner with Plauché & Carr LLP’s Seattle office.

Robert has made a significant contribution to Plauché & Carr LLP’s environmental, land use, and real estate practices since joining the firm as a Senior Associate in 2013. He has successfully represented numerous clients in obtaining regulatory approvals in California and Washington; represented clients in real estate negotiations with the State of Washington, local state agencies, and private landowners; and successfully represented several shellfish clients in negotiations with Native American Tribes concerning shellfish rights and harvest agreements.

“Robert has proven himself as both a creative legal thinker and a tireless advocate for our clients’ interests. We are thrilled to welcome Robert into our partnership, and we look forward to our continued growth together.” –Billy Plauché, Co-Founder and Partner

Please join us in congratulating Robert as the newest Partner at Plauché & Carr LLP.

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