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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.

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 >

Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For Wha

Funding Deepwater Horizon Restoration & Recovery: How Much, Going Where, For What?

Jordan Diamond, Teresa Chan, Jay Austin, Chris Dalbom, and Mark Davis
May 2014
Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Zoning in Barbuda Legal & Institutional Assessme

Sustainable Fisheries & Coastal Zoning in Barbuda: Legal & Institutional Assessment of Authorities & Approaches

Read D. Porter; Kathryn Mengerink
May 2014

The Ocean Program supports Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative, which empowers Barbudans to restore their coastal waters by developing a science-based Sustainable Coastal Policy. ELI drafted the framework report to support sustainable fisheries and coastal zoining in Barbuda. 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 >

This report examines how communication occurs between researchers and coastal co

Climate & Communities: Conducting Marine Research in a Changing Arctic

David Roche; Kathryn Mengerink; Jordan Diamond
March 2014

This report examines how communication occurs between researchers and coastal communities during research focused on the Alaskan marine environment. Read More >