Do You Need a Commercial Use Permit to Post that Picture?

The National Forest Service’s Regulation of Commercial Filming and Photography Christopher Bruno, Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law How many followers do you have on your Instagram account? What about Facebook? When you post pictures, do 10 people see them, or do 10,000? Do you post videos to YouTube? Have many people watched them? […]

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Climate Justice in EPA’s 2020 EJ Action Plan

By Ally Beasley* On October 24, 2016, the World Meteorological Organization issued an alarming press release.  Global average CO2 levels appear to have permanently surpassed the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm), significantly reducing the chances of curtailing global temperature rise beyond the 2° Celsius goal reached in the Paris agreement.[1]  Just three […]

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Climate Change Regulation Through Litigation: New York’s Investigation of ExxonMobil under the Martin Act

By Chris Erickson*   Junior Editor on MJEAL. He can be reached at cerick@umich.edu. In November 2015, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman began an investigation into whether ExxonMobil made public statements about climate change that conflicted with its own internal research.[1] Schneiderman issued a subpoena to ExxonMobil ordering production of documents related to its […]

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Diversion: Clean Water for the City of Waukesha and Legal Precedent for the Great Lakes Compact

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (known informally as the Great Lakes Compact, “Compact”) is an interstate regulatory contract between Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, which governs all withdrawals and diversions of water out of the Great Lakes drainage basin.[1] The Compact was passed by the legislatures […]

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As Regulatory Uncertainty Looms, a Case for an SEC-CFTC Merger

The fire beneath legislators after the financial crisis of 2008 has ostensibly died out. After passing the landmark Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), Congress seemingly exhausted most of the political will for increased regulation of the United States financial system. With the election of President Donald Trump, the very existence of […]

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Pipeline Poses Risks to Michigan Indian Treaty Rights

In September of 2016 the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (“GTB”) tribe formally objected to a $171 million-dollar settlement between the Obama Administration and Enbridge Energy regarding Enbridge line 5, an oil pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinaw.[1] The settlement included $110 million upgrades to the aging pipeline, as well […]

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