Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

End of the Semester December 13, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Owley @ 7:21 pm

Dear Natural Resources Crew

I have finished grading all your finals and have submitted final grades to the registrar. You can pick up your exams from my assistant Linda Kelly (Room 717) if you are so inclined. If you have any questions about your participation grade or final grade, just drop me a line.

As I mentioned in class, I have a little 10 question survey for you. The survey is anonymous and will only be viewed by me. It should only take you a few minutes and would greatly help me as I try to constantly improve this course (and my teaching generally). Just visit this site.

Thanks for a great semester.

– Jessica


History of the Sierra Club December 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhconnor @ 8:07 pm

…….andddd to close out our time in Natural Resources, I figured I’d share a link to history of the Sierra Club since we have seen their name all over our cases in the textbook. Amongst the more interesting things I found in their history was that they have been active since 1892 and founded on the strength largely of John Muir. Feel free to check it out!



Oil Boom in North Dakota December 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — nnarchus @ 10:47 pm

The discovery of oil in the Western part of North Dakota has had a tremendous impact on the locals. North Dakota now has an unemployment rate of under 3.5% and a billion dollar budget surplus. Although the discovery has benefited the state, North Dakota’s previous infrastructure cannot handle the influx of new people and commerce.

The wells being drilled now were acquired by lease, and cheap ones. The oil companies are rushing to drill as much as they can before these leases expire, because when they do they will be much more expensive to renew. I found this to be interesting because this relates to the 1920 mineral leasing act that we have studying.

Although many people are profiting from the discovery of oil, from the oil rig workers to the people that owe these companies, it is destroying many peoples homes and much of the natural landscape in North Dakota.



Local Concerns Regarding Wind Turbines December 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — adamlync @ 1:51 am

Hey everyone,

When we were discussing the pros and cons of wind turbines in class earlier today, an article that I had read a few years ago came to mind.

First, a bit of background information.  Within the past few years, there has been a rapid increase in the prevalence of wind turbines in the area.  This is especially true in the counties east of Erie.  At the time of the “2009 wind turbine boom,” a local news paper interviewed a work acquaintance of mine who lived near one of the newly constructed turbines.  The article was titled “Wind casts a shadow – and yes, it flickers.”  As you can probably imagine, the article (or I should say, my friend and his wife) took a relatively negative stance towards the wind turbines.  And after reading the article, this is understandably so.

The article generally details the effects of living near a wind turbine.  Basically, they’re loud, they cause a “flickering” effect on direct sunlight, and (apparently) kill a bunch of birds.  However for the majority of people, the wind turbines provide a clean source of renewable energy…..and they’re pretty cool to look at.

Given the vast benefits of a clean source of renewable energy, the negative impacts on a few seem reasonably justifiable.  But, I don’t live near a wind turbine, nor have I spent an evening at my friends house.  Then again, you can’t make an omelet without crackin’ a few eggs.

Here’s a link to the article.

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