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Baker Botts Client Testifies to U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on National Environmental Policy Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced that a member of firm pro bono client Resilient Agriculture Group (RAG), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing, “The Weaponization of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Implications of Environmental Lawfare,” held on April 25, 2018.

The hearing focused on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process and related litigation for projects on public lands. RAG member Dr. Laura Alice Watt of Sonoma State University testified at yesterday's oversight hearing. Based on her research and analysis of regulation of sustainable grazing at the Point Reyes National Seashore, Dr. Watt addressed how the NEPA process can be improved so that projects on lands designated for multiple uses are not subjected to costs, delays or uncertainties that make them infeasible, while at the same time ensuring that NEPA’s objectives of robust public participation and meaningful evaluation of environmental impacts are vindicated.

Witnesses at the committee hearing presented case studies for grazing, gas extraction, renewables transmission, and gas pipelines.

Baker Botts partner Chris Carr and Ebbin Moster + Skaggs lawyer David Moser co-counsel RAG in its efforts to preserve and maintain working ranches and dairies on Point Reyes in Marin County, California.

Baker Botts lawyers are currently prosecuting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request against NPS for public records about the agency’s grazing management at Point Reyes.


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