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Unintentional Harm to Migratory Birds is Lawful under USFWS Proposed Rule

February 3, 2020
Osprey approaching nest with young hatchling/fledgling

The USFWS is proposing to adopt a regulation that will codify the 2017 Solicitor’s Opinion M-37050, which redefined what activities are illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Specifically, the proposed rule will decriminalize accidental harm or death of migratory birds that may occur as a result of an otherwise lawful activity. Background on…

Northern Long-eared bat

Additional ESA Protections Possible for Northern Long-eared Bat

This week, a federal judge overturned the threatened status of the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) and ordered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to make a new listing decision. Background on NLEB as Threatened Northern long-eared bat (NLEB) is a cave-dwelling bat species with a known range that covers 37 eastern U.S. states. Following rapid…
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winding creek

EPA Proposes an Unprecedented Rollback of the Clean Water Act

Yesterday, President Trump announced the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which is the next step in this administration’s goal to review and revise the definition of waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act. Waters of the U.S. are waterbodies, rivers, streams, and wetlands that are protected under the Section 404 of the Clean Water…
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US Parcels

142 Million New Parcels… and More New Features!

142 million parcels! Nationwide parcel data. Now included with all subscriptions. Parcel boundaries and data are important building blocks for anyone looking to develop a new project. But gathering parcel data can be time-consuming and expensive. Transect listened to customers like you who wanted parcel data. We have partnered with a nationwide parcel provider, Landgrid,…
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Now Available in All States & Reports Have a New Look

Your work just got easier. All states. A new look. New features. You’ll be able to do diligence better anywhere now that you can order a Transect Report all across America. But we didn’t just spend the last few months building our regulatory, permitting, species and other data sets to launch across America. The new look…
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Transect & Drillinginfo Partner to Improve Environmental Due Diligence for the Energy Market

San Antonio, Texas (February 27, 2019) – Transect, an innovative startup offering an environmental due diligence SaaS product, has announced a new collaboration with Drillinginfo, the leading energy SaaS and data analytics company. Environmental due diligence is complicated, especially for Oil & Gas companies with current and prospective assets across the nation. Dealing with the challenges…
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Trump Hopes To Remove Dry Streams, Some Wetlands from WOTUS

On Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2018, the Trump Administration unveiled their plan to reduce the reach of federal oversight under the Clean Water Act by redefining which types of water bodies constitute “Waters of the United States” (a.k.a. WOTUS). If adopted, thousands of miles of waterways and wetlands would no longer be subject to federal oversight.…
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