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Land Development Rush: The Land Grab of 2022 and Beyond

Hold onto your hats, cowpokes. You’ve entered the Wild West, where resources are scarce and justice scarcer, and the only thing you’re guaranteed at...

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Environmental Permitting Exposed

As the inimitable Ray Arnold in Jurassic Park said, “hold onto your butts.” It’s about to get testy up in here.Why? Because we’re about to blow the...

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Finding Suitable Greenfield Land for Energy Development Should Not Be So Time-Consuming

Pop quiz: how many people love putting time, energy, and resources into a project, only to watch it fall through weeks, months, or even years later?...

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How Climate Change Will Impact Environmental Permitting

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on January 1, 1970, responding to mounting pressure from a public increasingly...

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Renewable Energy & Fossil Fuels Struggle with Environmental Permitting

A Shared Burden: Energy Companies Struggle with Environmental Permitting

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Migratory Bird Permitting: The Future of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) (16 U.S.C. 703-712) is a federal regulation that has made national headlines multiple times in 2021. This...

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Why is it Essential to Protect Ephemeral Streams?

What is an Ephemeral Stream?

Ephemeral streams are waters that only flow in response to precipitation and lack a clearly defined channel. These...

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Renewable Energy VS Environmental Protection?

The Clean Energy Revolution is Tripped Up by Environmental Regulation

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United States Army Corps of Engineers Stops Processing Clean Water Act Permits

The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has announced they are stopping processing Clean Water Act (CWA) permits. This change is just the...

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Fully Tailor Your Environmental Risk Analysis

An environmental risk analysis is a crucial aspect of development. This analysis outlines extensive detailed information, but sometimes everything...

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EPA Officials Work to Change Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act

The definition of waters of the U.S (WOTUS) is changing again, and maybe the fourth time's the charm?

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How Engineers Are Gaining a Competitive Edge by Quickly Identifying Environmental Concerns

The Slay Engineering team boasts over 100 years of combined experience in the civil engineering industry. In response to the technological...
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Poor Site Selection Threatens SpaceX

Space X is requesting liftoff to fill in acres of Texas wetlands, and environmentalists are striking back.

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The Role of Due Diligence Software for Renewables Development

As renewables development increases with new green energy efforts such as the Infrastructure Bill, regulations are likely to change. Years of vague...

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How a Seasoned Renewable Developer Alleviated Development Pain Points With Transect

Managing environmental risk as early as possible in the development process is crucial for project success. Most developers have struggled to get the...

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Distribution Line Data to Aid Future Energy Development Goals

With new renewable energy goals, electricity demand increasing, and development efforts such as the Infrastructure Bill, it's about to get busy in...

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How Transect is Helping Companies Navigate Environmental Due Diligence

THE CHALLENGE

A crucial step in any development project is managing environmental risk. It is critical for an efficient and effective process, and...

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3 Ways Transect Can Benefit Every Solar Developer

It’s no news that businesses around the world have been impacted by the global pandemic. While some are thriving, others are facing extremely...

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NWP Reissuance, NWP 12 and the Energy Industry

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) manages the Nationwide Permit (NWP) Program, a streamlined process that authorizes project proponents to...

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2021 Nationwide Permits: Pre-Publication Notice

On January 5, the United States Army Corps of Engineers released a pre-publication of the final reissue of Nationwide Permits (NWPs), which reissues...

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American Burying Beetle Conservation Status Change

The story of a Bug’s life. Spoiler Alert: it starts with a carcass, leads to a community-wide-near-death experience, and ends in triumph.

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Project Impacts to Migratory Bird Species are Once Again Illegal under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

On August 11, 2020, a United States district judge vacated a 2017 Department of Interior opinion related to migratory birds (M Opinion ). The Trump...

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Update on Federal Protection for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

On July 16th, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced their 12-month plan to determine whether to list the Dunes Sagebrush...

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Final Waters Rule: Ephemeral Streams Not Regulated under CWA 404

Over the river and through the woods, developing without an NWP, we go.

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NWP 12 Vacated – Utility Line Projects May Need New Route for Wetlands Permitting

In an April 15 ruling in Northern Plains Resource Council et al. v. USACE, a Montana judge vacated (canceled) Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 and enjoined...

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Critical Issues Analysis Made Easy

History of the Critical Issues Analysis

The Critical Issues Analysis (CIA) is a prominent part of the renewable development world. Some industries...

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Unintentional Harm to Migratory Birds is Lawful under USFWS Proposed Rule

From "mess with the birds, get the beak" to "mess with the birds, and you're totally fine if it was an accident; we are all friends here." Migratory...

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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 United States Fish and Wildlife Service...

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Navigable Waters Protection Rule: An Unprecedented Rollback of the Clean Water Act

Yesterday, President Trump announced the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. This action is the next step in this administration's goal to review and...

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Transect & Drillinginfo Partner to Improve Environmental Due Diligence for the Energy Market

Offering fast, actionable insights from data sources typically siloed across teams

San Antonio, Texas (February 27, 2019) – Transect, an innovative...

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Trump to Change Reach of Clean Water Act Protection

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, the Trump administration unveiled its plan to reduce the reach of federal oversight under the Clean Water Act (CWA) by...

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Weyerhaeuser v USFWS : A Critical Habitat Should Be a Habitat

Background: The Weyerhaeuser Land and the Dusky Gopher Frog

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed the Dusky Gopher Frog as an...

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What’s the Difference? Transect v. Phase I ESA

One of the common questions we get at Transect is whether our reports are the same as a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The short...

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The Supreme Court Is Considering Critical Habitat: Weyerhaeuser v. USFWS

We recently wrote about proposed modifications to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that could change how agencies evaluate the threat levels for...

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Enforcement Of The Migratory Bird Treaty Act: A Bird In The Hand...Or Fowl Play?

USFWS Announces Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced they will be making changes to the

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The Truth about Environmental Permitting

The Current State of Environmental Permitting

 

The Environmental Protection Minefield

The world of environmental protection is a confusing and...

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United States Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to the Endangered Species Act

USFWS Announces Proposal of Change

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has announced its plan to change the federal Endangered Species Act ...

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