Debate: Impact of Endangered Species Act Adjustments

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) remains one of the most hotly debated laws on the books in the United States. Its impact and complexity continue to advance alongside legislation and regulations related to climate change and a rapidly evolving energy sector. Recognized among leading practitioners in permitting and siting laws and matters related to endangered species, our lawyers assist clients with some of the most pressing business, legal, and policy issues of the day—always with an eye toward each individual client’s unique goals and fiscal realities.

Companies turn to us for representation before myriad state and federal regulatory agencies, focusing on a broad range of federal and state environmental laws, natural resource permitting, and land use entitlements. We provide strategic advice on renewable and conventional energy project siting and infrastructure permitting on public and private lands, and on climate mitigation and adaptation.

In late September, Morgan Lewis lawyers Ella Foley Gannon and Steve Black co-chaired the 3rd Annual Endangered Species Act Conference hosted by CLE International. In addition, Ms. Gannon spoke on a panel titled “Challenges to Making ESA Work: A Practitioner`s Point of View on Enforcement and Litigation Practices.” The event brought together state and federal policymakers, developers, environmental advocates, and leading practitioners in San Francisco to share experiences and insights into new developments and ongoing legal and policy issues under the ESA.