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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Getting the Boom without the Bust: Guiding Southwestern Pennsylvania through Sha

Getting the Boom Without the Bust: Guiding Southwestern Pennsylvania Through Shale Gas Development

James McElfish (Environmental Law Institute), Diana Stares (Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management)
July 2014

Shale gas development has raised concerns that local governments might be entering a “boom and bust” cycle. This study examines the gas boom in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, and explores best practices to forestall or mitigate a subsequent economic downturn or “bust.” A key focus of the study is the distribution and expenditure of state impact fees assessed on the gas industry. Read More >

Navigating Shale Gas Development: A Guidebook for Local Government Officials in Pennsylvania

James McElfish (Environmental Law Institute), Diana Stares (Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy & Management)
July 2014

Shale gas development has raised concerns that local governments might be entering a “boom and bust” cycle.  ELI and the W&J Center have produced this practical guidebook for communities in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region to inform local officials and community organizations of some of their options to assure their communities receive long-term benefits from the development. Read More >

Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achievi

Enforcing Hazardous Wastes Rules in India: Strategies and Techniques for Achieving Increased Compliance

Mahesh Menon, Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj, John Pendergrass, Teresa Chan, Valerie Pinkerton
April 2014

The handbook provides an overview of India’s hazardous waste rules and the roles of the central government and states, along with brief comparisons to the US system. It also covers planning and executing an enforcement program, as well as suggestions and case studies for dealing with some of the most pressing challenges India’s states face in enforcing the hazardous waste rules. Read More >

Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs

Five Things to Consider When Developing and Adapting Water Policies and Programs in the West

Marion Boulicault & Adam Schempp
January 2014

This guidebook identifies common factors that influence the success of water policies or programs in the prior appropriation context, and provides examples of each factor to further clarify the issue. The guidebook is intended to help decision-makers at the state and local levels develop new policies and programs that are best tailored to navigate potential obstacles to achieving the desired outcomes. Read More >

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools

Eric Sweeney, Philip Womble, Jessica B. Wilkinson, Rebecca Kihslinger and Judith Amsalem
September 2013

A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools (2013), provides states, tribes, and local governments with information about the range of tools used by wetland programs across the country to prioritize wetlands and streams for restoration and protection. The handbook is intended to help guide the development, establishment, and refinement of approaches for identifying restoration and protection priorities. Read More >