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New Distribution Line Data to Aid Future Renewable and Infrastructure Development Projects

The new distribution line dataset featured in Transect gives insight to the accessibility to reliable electricity supply. Learn how this can aid in the planning of future infrastructure and sustainable development projects.

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How Transect is Helping Companies Navigate Environmental Due Diligence

Developers need an environmental due diligence solution that is accurate & cost-effective. Learn how much time and money Transect customers have saved.

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3 Ways Transect Can Benefit Every Solar Developer

Solar developers are seeking ways to continue to develop projects in the midst of tough economic times. See where Transect can help!

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NWP Reissuance, NWP 12 and the Energy Industry

12 NWPs were reissued in January 2021. This blog post discusses the effect the reissuance has on NWP 12 and the energy industry.

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What It Means: American Burying Beetle Status Change

Dig into the downlisting of an endangered species, the American burying beetle, and the implications of the USFWS 4(d) rule on development projects.

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USACE is proposing to split up Nationwide Permit 12; PCN may be required for all new pipelines over 250 miles

This blog describes the USACE proposal to split up Nationwide Permit 12; PCN may be required for all new pipelines over 250 miles.

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Project Impacts to Birds are Once Again Illegal under the MBTA

This blog describes new regulations that criminalize the endangering the lives of migratory birds through development.

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Update on Federal Protection for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

This blog discusses the current conversation and legislation around the protection of the Dune Sagebrush Lizard underneath the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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2021 Nationwide Permits: Pre-Publication Notice

This blog discusses the release of the pre-publication for the final reissue of NWPs.

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New Rule Limits States’ Ability to Block Pipelines Under CWA Section 401 Certification

This blog post discusses the most recent ruling relative to the Clean Water Act. States are limited to blocking pipelines under section 401 certification.

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Update: NWP 12 Vacated Only for New O&G Pipelines

The April 15 ruling that shook the linear construction world has been narrowed in scope to include only new oil and gas pipeline construction.

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National Environmental Policy Act 

Learn how NEPA might impact your business and how to remain compliant.

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Clean Water Act

Everything you need to know about the Clean Water Act and its impact on your project.

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Endangered Species Act

Considering which species may be affected as part of your project is a key element in environmental due diligence.

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Bald Eagle & Migratory Bird Treaty Acts

Is bird the word for your project? Learn how the Bald Eagle & Migratory Treaty Acts affect project development.

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State & Local Environmental Regulations

Regulations can vary from state to state and county to city. Get insight into local regulations and permitting requirements with Transect.

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National Historic Preservation Act

This act ensures your next project preserves important cultural and historic resources.

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Waters & Wetlands

Transect is the leading environmental due diligence software for waterways & wetlands mapping.

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Species of Concern

Identify which species call your project 'home' with Transect.

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Protected Lands

Transect multi-layer mapping software shows protected land and other environmental compliance.

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Cultural Resources

Learn how to select a development site that complies with the preservation of American history.

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Final Waters Rule; Ephemeral Streams Not Regulated under CWA 404

For now, fewer waters and wetlands require avoidance, minimization, or permitting. Green groups already plan lawsuits.

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NWP 12 Vacated – Utilities May Need New Route for Wetlands Permitting

On April 15, 2020, a Montana judge vacated Nationwide Permit 12 for utility projects; USACE must review impacts to federally protected species.

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Transect Makes Solar CIAs Easy

Nicknamed “the easy button” by one solar developer, Transect makes Critical Issues Analysis simple and fast by providing site-specific data in minutes.

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Unintentional Harm to Migratory Birds is Lawful under USFWS Proposed Rule

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 MBTA.

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EPA Proposes an Unprecedented Rollback of the Clean Water Act

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.

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Additional ESA Protections Possible for Northern Long-eared Bat

A federal judge overturned the threatened status of the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) and ordered U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to.

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142 Million New Parcels... and More New Features!

Nationwide parcel data. Now included with all subscriptions. Parcel boundaries and data are important building blocks for anyone looking to develop a new project.

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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.

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

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.

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Trump Hopes To Remove Dry Streams, Some Wetlands from WOTUS

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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Weyerhaeuser Update: Critical Habitat Should Actually Be Habitat

The Supreme Court heard arguments in Weyerhaeuser v. USFWS, a case that addresses whether the government can designate “critical habitat” to protect an endangered species if the species is no longer found in that area.

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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 answer: NOPE.

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The Supreme Court Is Considering Critical Habitat (And It Could Impact Your Project)

Congress crafted the ESA to include the conservation of ecosystems upon which threatened and endangered species depend. Under the ESA, the Secretary of the Interior is required to designate any habitat that is considered essential to the survival of a threatened or endangered species as “critical habitat.”

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WOTUS Update: More States Sidestep Clean Water Rule

As a result of dueling federal and district courts, several more states, including Texas, Iowa, and Florida, are no longer subject to the Obama-era Clean Water Rule (for now).

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

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the increasing popularity of women’s hats featuring beautiful feathers was directly responsible for the extinction of numerous species of birds as hunters killed hundreds of thousands to meet the demand.

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Muddy Waters For Clean Water Act Permitting

Under the CWA, it is unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters of the United States, without a permit.  Over the years, the definition and scope of the terms “navigable” and “waters of the United States” have been actively challenged and litigated.

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3 Surprising Truths about Environmental Permitting

Some truths about environmental permitting that you may not know.

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Proposed Changes to the Endangered Species Act

The Act has helped save hundreds of species, including iconic ones such as American alligators, humpback whales, North American brown bears, manatees and bald eagles. However, one of the mechanisms the ESA uses to protect threatened and endangered species is to limit development, which is controversial.

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